Men & Animals Tour: Films and Videos by Jim Finn and Dean Rank | Chicago Reader

Men & Animals Tour: Films and Videos by Jim Finn and Dean Rank

Eschewing the facile irony in vogue among their peers, these two young Chicagoans use fragmentary and disparate pairings of image and sound to create thought-provoking commentaries on displacement and alienation in our culture. The strongest of these seven videos is Finn's chilling Super-Max, a tour of maximum security prisons shot from a moving car, their hulking forms framed by telephone poles and power lines that divide landscape and sky. The concluding voice-over, making reference to Lewis and Clark, implicitly equates the European occupation of this continent with imprisonment. Rank's best contribution, Team, turns football into a macho theater of the absurd: in one scene a coach derogates certain uniform numbers as “femme.” 73 min.

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