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8 December 2018: Posthaste Perennial Patterns


Tickets: £10 / £8 / £6 Close-Up members
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Edge of Frame and Close-Up present a programme of short films by highly acclaimed experimental animator Jodie Mack, preceding the UK premiere of her highly anticipated debut feature The Grand Bizarre. Jodie will be present to introduce and participate in a Q&A following the screening.

Using domestic and recycled materials, this programme of short films by highly acclaimed experimental animator Jodie Mack illuminates formal and cursory elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects. Expanding upon notions of anti-animation set forth by experimental practitioners like Paul Sharits and Robert Breer, the studies in this programme apply formal principles of abstract cinema while pursuing an interest in found materials, evolving modes of production, and forms of labour.

Posthaste Perennial Pattern
Jodie Mack
2010 | 3’38 min | Colour | 16mm

Rapid-fire florals and morning birdsongs bridge interior and exterior, design and nature.

Rad Plaid
Jodie Mack
2010 | 6 min | Colour | 16mm

A series of chromatic intersections. Audience members form teams who respond to vertical lines by shouting "plaid" and to horizontal lines by shouting “rad".

Point de Gaze
Jodie Mack
2012 | 4’30 min | Colour | 16mm

Named after a type of Belgian lace, this spectral study investigates intricate illusion and optical arrest.

Persian Pickles
Jodie Mack
2012 | 3 min | Colour | 16mm

Fractile phonics accompany a delicate study of paisley patterns.

Blanket Statement #1: Home is Where the Heart is
Jodie Mack
2012 | 3 min | Colour | 16mm

Discordant dysfunction down to the nitty griddy. 

Blanket Statement #2: It’s All or Nothing
Jodie Mack
2013 | 5 min | Colour | 16mm

A quilted call and response, a battle of extreme extremes.

Undertone Overture
Jodie Mack
2013 | 10’30 min | Colour | 16mm

Undertone Overture evokes an abyssal, aquatic abstraction cruising out to the cosmos and back to coast. Swirls and swooshes of colour and texture boil to pelagic pulses of deep-sea hydrographic exploration, considering the cultural and historical-referential properties of tie-dyed fabric.

Razzle Dazzle
Jodie Mack
2014 | 5 min | Colour | 16mm

Tacky threads luminesce at a firefly’s pace, twinkling through remnants of chintzy opulence and gaudy glamour "prestissimo brilliante”.

Part of Edge of Frame: The Films of Jodie Mack

Posthaste Perennial Patterns is one of three programmes curated by Edge of Frame for London International Animation Festival 2018, taking place at venues across London from 30 November to 9 December.

Edge of Frame aims to stimulate artistic discourse around experimental animation, focusing on work at the intersection of animation, experimental film and artists’ moving image. Beginning as a blog in 2013 and extending into screening events in 2016, it seeks to celebrate this incredibly rich and vibrant, yet often marginalised and hard to define art form. Edge of Frame is run by Edwin Rostron, a London-based artist, curator and tutor at the Royal College of Art

Jodie Mack's 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs internationally at institutions including the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, REDCAT, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her work has been featured in publications like Artforum, CinemaScope, Senses of Cinema, and the New York Times. She currently works as an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College, where she co-organizes an experimental media series, EYEWASH. She is a 2017/18 Film Study Center Fellow and Roberta and David Logie Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

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