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Organized by Ryan Junell in response to a “culture where rush . . . dominates,” this collection of 100 one-minute videos using slow motion is by turns inventive, lively, and trite. There are, for instance, the predictable slow-motion explosions and smashings of glass, and the model monster truck that blows up in Fritz Hoepfner's Superboom off the Side doesn't exactly represent a cultural alternative. Slow-motion sound, intriguing at first, can also become repetitive. Among the best pieces are some of the simplest, like the purposefully moving cluster of dark shapes in Ed Purver's Slomo Bats or the unexplained forest of toppling unlit candles in Andrew Bennett's While My Neighbor Sleeps.

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