I organized a screening with my friend Benj Gerdes (for EYEspeak & 16 Beaver Group). It’ll be a great & inspiration evening. I hope to see some New York peeps there!
Animated Documentaries: “Stranger Comes To Town” & “How to Fix the World”
Thursday, December 13 // 7:30 PM @ 16 Beaver
Screening and Discussion // free and open to all
16 Beaver Street, 4th/5th fl.
New York, NY 10004
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TRAINS: 4,5 Bowling Green / R,W Whitehall / 2,3 Wall Street /J,M Broad Street / 1,9 South Ferry
Stranger Comes To Town
28 minutes 2007
They say there’s only two stories in the world: man goes on a journey, and stranger comes to town.
Six people are interviewed anonymously about their experiences coming into the US. Each then designs a video game avatar who tells their story by proxy. Goss focuses on the questions and examinations used to establish identity at the border, and how these processes in turn affect one’s own sense of self and view of the world.
“Stranger Comes to Town” re-works animations from the Department of Homeland Security –combining them with stories from the border, impressions from the on-line game World of Warcraft, and journeys via Google Earth to tell a tale of bodies moving through lands familiar and strange.
How To Fix The World
28 minutes 2004
Adapted from psychologist A.R. Luria’s research in Uzbekistan in the 1930s, “How to Fix the World” brings to life Luria’s conversations with Central Asian farmers learning how to read and write under the unfamiliar principles of Socialism.
Colorful digital animations play against a backdrop of images shot in Andijian (where Soviet-era President Karimov’s supression of Islam lead to violence in May 2005.) At once conflicting, humorous, and revelatory, these conversations between Luria and his “subjects” illustrate an attempt by one culture to transform another in the name of education and modernization.
The subtleties of this transformation, as well as the roots of current cultural conflicts, are found in words exchanged and documented seventy-five years ago.
Jacqueline Goss makes videos and web-based works exploring the rules, histories, and tools of language and mapmaking systems. Her projects take as their source specific acts of writing and cartography that bring about cultural change, technological innovation, or create social narrative ruptures.
For the last few years she has used 2D digital animation techniques to work within the genre of the animated documentary.
A native of New Hampshire, she attended Brown University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She teaches in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College in the Hudson Valley of New York.