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February 7 – Jodie Mack: The Grand Bizarre

Posted by | Nicky Ni | Posted on | January 24, 2019

Jodie Mack in person

Jodie Mack, still from The Grand Bizarre, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

Artist and animator Jodie Mack (MFA 2007) is celebrated for transforming the patterns of everyday life into dazzling short films. Her debut feature is an exhilarating examination of the global circulation of textiles. Shot on location in nearly 20 countries, the film interweaves footage of industrial mills, artisan looms, airports, cargo ports, shops, and street vendors—all connected through thousands of yards of fabric. In stroboscopic interludes and stop-motion dances, Mack illuminates formal commonalities across cultures while reflecting on overlapping systems of knowledge and the price of appropriation in a globalist economy. Screening with Hoarders Without Borders 1.0 (2018).

2018, Jodie Mack, USA, 35mm and 16mm, ca 66 minutes followed by discussion

Jodie Mack (MFA 2007) is an experimental animator who received her MFA in Film, Video, New Media, and Animation from SAIC. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract and absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, as well as the tension between form and meaning. Mack’s work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan; Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland; Images Festival, Toronto; New York Film Festival, and the Viennale in Vienna. She has presented solo programs at the 25 FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and the Wexner Center for the Arts among others. She is an associate professor of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College and a 2018–19 Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University.