The University of Michigan maintains a public log of incidents reported to campus police. The list includes accounts of larceny, assault, minor in possession, property damage, trespassing, and a few simply categorized as “disorder person(s)". With no more than a brief sentence of context, many of the latter incidents read as absurdist happenings.
Wanting to bring these imagined scenarios to life, I found old stock footage to match a few of my favorite reports, printed a selection of frames, hand-cut each one, and scanned them back in. Removed from their historic backgrounds and placed alongside crime log entries, the characters’ actions take on new — and disorderly — meaning.
Animation: Audrey Stanton
Text: University of Michigan Division of Public Safety & Security