Image from Landfill 16 is courtesy of Artist Jennifer Reeves.

Film by MFA Alumna Jennifer Reeves featured in

The Improbable Made Possible: Revisited

10 February 2013, 7:30PM

UnionDocs, 322 Union Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Filmmakers Jennifer Reeves and Ryan Marino will join Programmer Lorenzo Gattorna for a discussion following the screening.

“The spectral yet luminous group program sparks artificial systems set amidst the natural world. The earth and its natives are captured by poetic dialects of deep authenticity and deliberate artifice. The paradoxical recognition of the other is provoked through the mesmerizing reinvigoration of mystical remnants. Enactment, endurance, evocation and even exhumation are the filmic schemes in flux. The ghostly elsewhere is conditioned cinematically into an imagined future, altered present or affected past. The second installment of ‘The Improbable Made Possible’ continues a tradition that radically confuses the trajectories of direct observation and speculative fiction.” – Lorenzo Gattorna

LANDFILL 16 / Jennifer Reeves
OONA’S VEIL / Brian L. Frye

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(Jennifer Reeves, 2011, 16mm, 9 minutes)

“Exhumed 16mm film from my very own landfill in Elkhart, Indiana constitute the canvas of Landfill 16. After finishing my double-projection When It Was Blue I was horrified by the bulk of outtakes that would normally go to a landfill. So I temporarily buried the footage to let enzymes and fungi in the soil begin to decompose the image, and then I hand-painted the film to give it new life. This “recycling” is a meditation on the demise of the beautiful 16mm medium and nature’s losing battle to decompose the relics of our abandoned technologies and productions.

The ominous soundtrack mixes recognizable audio, from bulldozers to nature audio, with more abstracted textural and rhythmic sounds I created using audio from consumer-goods factories, old 16mm equipment, the cries of a dying bird stuck in my wall, and other oddities. Within this multi-textured, pulsating, abstract moving painting I attempt to express my dread of man-made waste that endangers land and wildlife.”
-- Jennifer Reeves

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