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Every entry in this overview of animation from 1908 to 2005 is fascinating. Caspar Stracke's Zuse Strip (2003) begins with an extreme close-up of what look like CGI contours of a plastic mask; only after the history of Konrad Zuse's first primitive digital computer unfolds can the object be read as a punch-holed strip of 35-millimeter film. Japanese Kitchen: Three Stories (2000) by installation artist Tabaimo reveals a visual debt to 19th-century wood-block prints, while taking contemporary food fetishes to absurdist lengths. Tsuji Naoyuki's A Feather Stare at the Dark (2002), also from Japan, uses charcoal line drawings to create a surrealist evocation of godlike caprice, and Aaron Ray's Great Emarican Music (2005) juggles collage and stop-motion photography in a caustic send-up of the mythos of the American west. 61 min.

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