Phenomenal Body: New Experimental Works | Chicago Reader

Phenomenal Body: New Experimental Works

The human body is fragmented and abstracted in these 11 experimental films and videos, all richly sensual and lovely to look at. I especially liked Rick Bahto's Variations (2004), in which rotation around a face and, later, a room in rapidly flickering images suggests the incompleteness of any one image. In Angelina Krahn's rather Romantic Pinata (2000), a whirling figure is juxtaposed with a field of white dots that suggests the night sky. Karen Johannesen's Brakhage-like Light Quanta (2004 and Light Speed (2007) use very rapid cutting to intensify the colors of each diverse shape. Three videos by Stom Sogo combine multiple superimpositions with trance music to create an almost impossible lushness, but don't leave one with much to think about. 97 min.

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