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Digital Diversions: International Experimental Video

These 14 digital videos use the medium's manipulative possibilities to articulate themes of mechanization and dehumanization. In Dancer in the Wood (2001), Alex Heim reverses and repeats the monotonous action of heavy beams falling on a hard floor in a way that's both digressive and hypnotic. Michaela Schwentner effaces the human presence in #Z (2001) as a train moves haltingly through a rail yard in high contrast black and white, the score sounding like an industrial heartbeat. Hester Scheurwater and Roald de Boer isolate and objectify a seminude woman by aggressively revolving around her in Heal Me (2000). Günther and Loredana Selichar's GTgranturismo (2001) is especially effective: bugs squashed against a windshield gradually obliterate the view of a country road, showing the violence inherent in motoring. Also showing: work by Bas van Koolwijk, Nicolas Provost, Robin Dupuis, and Jürgen Moritz and Norbert Pfaffenbichler. Presented by Chicago Filmmakers and Columbia College. 63 min.

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