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Mismanaging My Image

Works based on found footage often lapse into cliched humor—like the rapid intercutting of zoo animals and a wedding in Wago Kredier's To Hug You and Squeeze You (2001). But the other four works on this program, curated by Canadian Alex MacKenzie, use found-footage montage to create an engaging sense of fragmentation, their juxtapositions straddling the border between sense and nonsense. The strongest, Brittany Gravely's Introduction to Living in a Closed System (2001), is a labyrinth of images, diagrams, and intertitles that contrasts “closed systems”—cable cars, monorails, geodesic domes—with views of nature, critiquing technology (the title “Transportation” is followed by images of a tiny dog scurrying around). Imitations of Life (2001) surveys disaster imagery from Hollywood movies while titles articulate “our desire to destroy everything.” Director Mike Hoolboom includes both the microscopic (cells) and the macroscopic (galaxies), the disparity between them generating a sense of free-floating displacement.


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