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Animation, Avant-Garde, Experimental, Program
Four programs of colorful, imaginative, and vibrant short works, ranging from warped narratives to complete abstractions. Of the works available for preview, the most sustained vision is Behind the Eyes Are the Ears (2010), an eerie digital video in tinted black-and-white by School of the Art Institute alumnus Nancy Andrews. Combining animation, found footage, and live-action shots, Andrews tells the weird tale of a scientist whose fascination with the sensory apparatus of insects develops into a quest for higher human consciousness, which she hopes to achieve by grafting insect parts to her own lymphic system. The video began as an electronic song cycle Andrews created with musician Zach Soares, and her murmuring vocals, highly reminiscent of Laurie Anderson, provide an appropriately moody accompaniment to her imagery, which encompasses both 50s sci-fi tropes and reflection symmetry. Andrews attends the screening, which also includes her earlier works The Haunted Camera (2006) and Hedwig Page, Seaside Librarian (1998).

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