animals in film

video projection series

from the Projection on Lake site:

Animals in Film presents 4 sequences of images that are imaginative interpretations of the roles and relations of animals in films. Created especially for public projection, the project aims to delight as it provokes notions of human-animal relationships and perspectives as played out in popular cinema. Themes explored include mutation, animal-to-animal gaze, the re-formation of animals in groups, and the cinematic animal POV (point of view). Sequences are inspired by the following films: The Fly, Finding Nemo, Lassie, Blade Runner, Dancing with Wolves, The Snake Pit, The Birds, The Rescuers.

Participants:
Laurel Beckman
Working with and nurturing eccentric public spaces, Beckman's research highlights free culture and public display. Attending to themes at the crossroads of consciousness and social conditions, meta-physics and science, Beckman's practice investigates perceptual phenomena, language, and empathy in unlikely public settings. She is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tarik Abdel-Gawad makes art out of films, videos, still pictures, holograms, and words. He received a B.A. from the UCSB department of art in 2006 and now resides in the Bay Area.

Teja Ream is a multimedia artist working with video, photography and installation. Animal themes at the juncture of fantasy and expectation predominate in her provocative practice.

Ben Ritter's art investigates the structure of space from drawing to paper sculpture to dynamic screen-based digital environments. Based in Brooklyn, his recent exhibitions include group shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco.