July 17th, Block 2, 4-5:30 pm

Gas Gets in Your Eyes, Madeline Leshner, Brooklyn

Henry’s vision is rendered useless after he is exposed to an unknown, airborne toxic gas.

Poser, Tim Best, Dallas

In Poser, I "play myself" by layering my body with makeup and disguise to mask my identity. This colloquial insult describes someone who is pretending to be something they are not. My purpose is to reverse, twist, invert and mold this definition into the reality of identity: that it is a medium in which we can be ourselves. In our age of Instagram and the selfie, the Poser is not pretending.

My Best Friends, Jeremy McKane, Dallas

I've spent over 700 hours in my life with these amazing creatures. What we know about them compared to what they must know about us is unmeasurable. These beings were here before us and they have never threatened our way of life as humans. Yet every day with our passive actions, we actively destroy theirs. Let's make a pledge to not buy ANYTHING that is single use. Together we can protect what little we have left.

The Stream IX , Hiroya Sakurai, Japan

In the man-made waterways of rice paddies, the water in nature must follow artificial rules. In that way, nature is made abstract, giving rise to a new form of beauty distinct from the natural state. The theme of this work is the liveliness of the water as it follows the man-made course.

This work is a ballet using the sound and the movement of the algae and water. With the waterway as the theater, I filmed the choreography of the algae that flows in the water.

WANDERUNG (Migration), Van McElwee, Boston

WANDERUNG (Migration) is a collaboration with Joseph Ketner II, commissioned by the German Consulate General, Boston, in conjunction with Emerson Urban Arts Program. The video was projected on the facade of the Goethe-Institut Boston, January, 2016.

Mobile Devices, Paul Echeverria, Danbury, CT

American bison have roamed the North American plains for thousands of years. Modest historical estimates suggest that, at one point, 24-million bison inhabited the continent. This number began to decrease with the arrival of non-native settlers and the European subspecies Equus ferus caballus, otherwise known as the domesticated horse. The introduction of the horse initiated an existential threat for the bison. Horses provided humans with increased range and speed. Although humans were responsible for the act of hunting, the destruction of the bison was vastly influenced by the arrival of the horse.

The arrival of digital technology has augmented our relationship with space, time, and memory. Mobile Devices questions this delicate relationship between digital technology and humans. Using original photography by Eadweard Muybridge, the short film uses glitch-generated visuals to illustrate our accelerated acceptance of technology. Will these unassuming technological devices continue to enhance our current state of existence or will they expedite the destruction of our precious human nature?

Grasshopper, Lynn Bianchi, Filmed in Thailand

Grasshopper is a HD looped video showing a couple leisurely enjoying a late afternoon on the beach. The interpretations of time, the meaning of space are explored the way one might bounce off one reality to the next while thrown into the chaos of alternative dimensions. The fragments of existence were reassembled, displaying incoherent timelines existing within a single digital video

Wizard Garden, Jeanne Stern, Austin

Collection of animated tableaux from a prehistoric magical world.

32-Rbit, Victor Orozco, Germany/Mexico

My grandmother was convinced that the only animal that made the same mistake twice is the human being. An essay short film about my very own Internet, a parallel world where memory loss, errors, surveillance and addiction smear everything and everyone.

Vanishing American, Wago Kreider

A meditation on the desert landscape of the Navajo Nation reservation at Monument Valley, with a soundtrack that layers music and dialogue from the films that were shot there. The title is a reference to the 1925 silent motion picture - filmed at this site - one of the first feature films to address the mistreatment of indigenous people by white settlers.

Motion at a Distance, Andrew Lee, Brooklyn

Color takes ephemeral form into the sound space. Shadow shapes emerge, interact and recede as luminous, temporary geometries call into the question the division between analog and digital ways of seeing and believing. Motion at a Distance is a stop-motion animation by Lindsay Packer. Optical sound by Andrew Yong Hoon Lee guides Packer’s light-based installation and performance work into the realm of film. Lee’s composition uses sound as material and is pushed and pulled much like paint on a canvas to create abstract textures that evoke mood and memory.

Medium Rare, Luca Cioci, Italy

Functional and aesthetic values in recurrent, yet questionable domestic scenarios.

About One Photo, Reza Golchin, Iran

Truth be Told, Ligorano Reese- Texas

On September 22, 2018 artists LigoranoReese installed a 2500 pound sculpture of the word Truth carved in ice on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Throughout the day, the word cracked and disappeared, a disquieting sign of how much things have changed and are changing in the normalcy of what has been the United States of America.

This time lapse video is compiled from over 8 hours of footage. The soundtrack includes statements of Donald Trump's over the past 2 years regarding the Russia investigation and obstruction of justice.