Friday, May 10 - 8:45 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center

Program 9 – The Ground Loop

Friday, May 10

8:45 p.m. – 84 min


Happiness by Zeyu Wang, 8:00

Letters from Huami (Work in Progress) by Wenqian Zhang, 20:00

The Shape of You by Saxon Wang, 45:45

Opening with Katie Wood’s intricate and mesmerizing exploration of noise and place, The Ground Loop describes the ever-present hum of human experience, acknowledging emotions felt throughout time and space. In IMMINENT DOMAIN / EXHIBIT A, Katie Wood searches for commonality in place, and reminds us that after all, everything is made of dirt and electricity. In the role of ghost-hunter/performance artist/orchestral conductor, Wood’s expanded cinema work elegantly connects minerals and radiowaves, earth and space. This piece is followed by Happiness by Zeyu Wang, a work which pushes the borders of the screen to their limit, and hones in on the cinematic use of sound to convey meaning. In Wenqian Zhang’s Letters from Huami the film we see is altered, slowed so that the viewer may perceive it differently, frame by frame. This piece presents the notion of time travel, and a lineage between human, animal, and technology. Finally, in The Shape of You, Saxon Wang beautifully portrays his grandmother’s developing Alzheimer’s disease, searching through her mind to find her past, present, and future.

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