Labyrinth of Darkness at the Czech Center, New York
May 21st, 2013 7:00 PM
Artists/film makers include:
Jiri Trnka; Jiri Barta; Bretislav Pojar; Robert Morgan; Karen Yasinsky; Brothers Quay; James Lowne; William Cobbing; Kim L Pace; Katerina Athanasopoulou; Hiraki Sawa.
Image (left) ‘Let It Out’, 2011, Kim L PaceConceived by visual artist Kim L Pace, ‘Labyrinth of Darkness’ includes a diverse selection of films that juxtaposes contemporary international artists’ works, alongside examples from pioneering Czech animators. The aim is to bring to light common thematic concerns, narrative devices and techniques between the films, thereby facilitating a dialogue between past and present.
Bodily metaphors, which historically enabled numerous Czech animators to construct meaningful ambivalence and subvert authority within a rigorously controlled context, resonate throughout the contemporary works. Body parts are often objectified in the films – and perhaps point to the increasingly alienating technological environments in which many of us live and work.
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