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French video artist Laure Prouvost assembles unrelated images, narration, and subtitles to question the ways in which films manufacture meaning, though her works on this program are far more playful than that description might suggest. Prouvost interrogates film form with a goofy sense of humor and some jazzy editing strategies: she's the rare figure who makes academic theory sound like fun. Her cheap digital imagery may remind you of YouTube, but her catch-as-catch-can aesthetic has its roots in Dadaism and the Fluxus art of the 1960s. The program collects four shorts (from 2010, The Artist and It, Hit, Heat; from 2009, Monolog and the head-turning Burrow Me), plus three films she cites as influences (from 1975, Owen Land’s Wide Angle Saxon and John Smith's Associations, and from 1962, John Latham's abstract animation Speak) and some related samplings from YouTube. The program runs about 90 minutes.

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