Whole Grain: Experiments in Film & Video — Contemporary Experiments in Animation

Film still of Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi's, Winter in America, 2005

Join us on Tuesday, November 28, at 7:00 pm, for Contemporary Experiments in Animation, an evening of short avant-garde animations, featuring the work of five contemporary animators working in various styles and methods. The evening will include video work by Hank Willis Thomas, Kambui Olujimi, Carla Gannis, Harun Farocki, Helen Marten, and Christina Gruppuso. By employing wildly different approaches to animation, such as stop motion, collage, CGI, appropriated video games, and even emojis, these artists render recognizable imagery and iconography to make deep observations about contemporary society, politics, religion, and the meaning of life. This event is part of Whole Grain, our new experimental film and video series.

This event was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 26, 7:00 pm.


Contemporary Experiments in Animation Films:

  • 1000 Marys (Christina Gruppuso, US, 2001, 4 min., digital)
  • Garden of Emoji Delights (Carla Gannis, US, 2015, 3 min, digital)
  • Parallel IV (Harun Farocki, Germany, 2014, 12 min., digital)
  • Orchids, or a Hemispherical Bottom (Helen Marten, 2013, 20 min., digital)
  • Winter in America (Hank Willis Thomas & Kambui Olujimi, 2005, 5 min., digital)


About Whole Grain

The Tang Teaching Museum’s new series Whole Grain explores classic and contemporary work in experimental film and video. Our series of six programs this fall features programs highlighting found-footage pioneer Bruce Conner (October 7), contemporary digital animation (October 26November 28), short films in the Cubist film tradition (November 4), Maya Deren’s experimental documentary on Haitian Vodou (November 11), a feature-length exploration of the animated .gif (November 16), and the campy world of brothers George and Mike Kuchar (December 2).

Whole Grain is programmed by Museum Store and Publications Manager Sean Fuller and Educator for College and Public Programs Tom Yoshikami. All events are free and open to the public.

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