Join us for an incredibly exciting spring kickoff event: the inimitable force of avant-garde animation, Jodie Mack, will present her first feature, The Grand Bizarre, which premiered at the 2018 Locarno Film Festival and has gone on to screen around the world to rapturous acclaim.
With jaunty rhythms and an exuberant palette, the film weaves together 5 years of footage collected across several countries in dazzling lines of flight. By the end of the film’s sixty vertiginous minutes, we arrive at a surprising and surprisingly affecting conclusion that’s touched upon issues of globalization, ethnography, labor, capital, joy and spectacle.
Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life.
Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs at the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, The New York Times, and Senses of Cinema. She is an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College and a 2018/19 Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University.
The Grand Bizarre
(2018, 60m30s, 16mm, color, sound)
A postcard from an imploded society. Bringing mundane objects to life to interpret place through materials, The Grand Bizarre transcribes an experience of pattern, labor, and alien[-]nation[s]. A pattern parade in pop music pairs figure and landscape to trip through the topologies of codification. Following components, systems, and samples in a collage of textiles, tourism, language, and music, the film investigates recurring motifs and how their metamorphoses function within a global economy.
HEADROOM is sponsored by the Department of Cinematic Arts, the Public Digital Arts Cluster, and Little Village Magazine.
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