With this project, I graduated as an illustrator/animator at AKV|st.Joost. The project got nominated for the Lucasprijs, the winner of which will be announced on the opening of our Graduation Show on October 7th.
In July of 1518 a woman could be seen dancing through the streets of Strasbourg. She kept on dancing and dancing until she fell down, exhausted. Hundreds of people followed her lead. They thought they were possessed, but in reality, this “dancing plague” was probably caused by mass psychogenic illness, often called mass hysteria.
By using modern techniques to tell this medieval story, I want to emphasize that mass hysteria isn’t just a medieval phenomenon. Outbreaks of mass hysteria still occur, albeit in ways that fit the beliefs and circumstances of our time.
With this project I want to encourage people to think about mass hysteria in our time.
Can our use of the internet and social media spread mass hysteria faster than ever?
How much is our worldview affected by the people around us and what we believe?
You can visit the website yourself in safari and microsoft edge on www.dancingplague1518.com
Or you can watch this screen recording: