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In conjunction with his new book documenting his work, experimental video maker Steve Reinke presents five short pieces and a work in progress. Obvious coherence doesn't seem to be a goal, but his themes of disconnection and failure are leavened by a mordant wit. The longest, Anthology of American Folk Song (2004), collages diverse material. A voice-over says “the face is the best part” during some footage of gay sex, but the face shown is blurred; aerial bomber footage leads to Laurie Anderson singing “Here come the planes.” In Picnic (2003) two women eat outdoors and canoe a river; the video ends wryly with a cat snacking on a bird it's killed—but what's with the woman held in the air by a hook? The surreal elements in Reinke's work defy logical explanation, arguing for more associative thinking. 70 min.

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