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February 16, 2015

Let Your Light Shine - Films by Jodie Mack


Jodie Mack (b. 1983) 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 and currently teaches animation at Dartmouth College. 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. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects.

Mack's 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and Views from the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival. She has presented solo programs of her work at venues such as the Anthology Film Archives, Los Angeles Filmforum, REDCAT and the BFI London Film Festival. She has also worked as a curator and administrator with Dartmouth's EYEWASH: Experimental Films and Videos, Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival, Portland Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Eye and Ear Clinic, Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Nightingale. She was a featured artist at the 2011 Flaherty Seminar, and she is the 2013 recipient of the Marion McMahan Award at the Images Festival.

This collection of films investigates the formal principles of abstract cinema while maturing an interest in found materials, evolving modes of production, forms of labor, and the role of decoration in daily life. Prodding at hierarchies of aesthetic value and the tension between high and low, these works question the role of abstract animation in a post-psychedelic climate. Merch tables meet museum gift stores. The sublime meets Sublime the band. Rippling head shop tie dyes and dollar store gift bags form ebullient spectacles from resurrected dead capital and banal everyday objects. These stroboscopic eulogies—celebrating the spectrum of abstraction from transcendent visual experiences to science kit optical fascinations – force a proscenium collision of the arena rock show, the planetarium light performance, and the cinema. –  Jodie Mack

Special thanks: Adam Hart, 2014-15 Harvard College Fellow in Visual and Environmental Studies

All films and film descriptions by Jodie Mack

$12 Special Event Tickets
Jodie Mack in person

Monday February 16 at 7pm

 

New Fancy Foils

US 2013, 16mm, color, silent, 12.5 min

Paper sample books discarded and dumpstered by long-gone businesses undergo a series of sequential experiments in pattern, rhythm, color, and text(ure). A call and response of flickering and lingering, this catalog of catalogs remembers a tactile economy.

Undertone Overture

US 2013, 16mm, color, 10.5 min

A study of tie dye swims out to the cosmos and back again.

Dusty Stacks of Mom:
the Poster Project

US 2013, live performance with 16mm, color,
41 min

Interweaving the forms of personal filmmaking, abstract animation and the rock opera, this animated musical documentary examines the rise and fall of a nearly-defunct poster and postcard wholesale business; the changing role of physical objects and virtual data in commerce; and the division (or lack of) between abstraction in fine art and psychedelic kitsch. Using alternate lyrics as voice over narration, the piece adopts the form of a popular rock album reinterpreted as a cine-performance.

Glistening Thrills

US 2013, 16mm, color, 8 min

A shiny otherworld of holographic reverie pairs dollar store gift bags and haunting resound, unfolding an effervescent melancholy in three parts. Featuring compositions for bowed vibraphone by Elliot Cole.

Let Your Light Shine

US 2013, 16mm, color & b/w, 3 min

The ultimate photo-kinetic stroboscopic spectacle for spectacles. Requires prismatic glasses which will be provided.

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