Archived film & video
Saturday, October 3
This special presentation of works by leading avant-garde filmmaker Jesse McLean showcases her deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, especially as presented and observed through mediated images. Through deft use of collage, each of McLean’s videos subtly questions viewers’ associations with the information we consume daily, while reimagining a world in which everyday media tropes are reclaimed and transformed.
USA | 75 MIN
THE ETERNAL QUARTER INCH
I’M IN PITTSBURGH AND IT’S RAINING
THE INVISIBLE WORLD
JUST LIKE US
SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW
Contemporary Art Society at MAM
UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres
Woodland Pattern Book Center
Jesse McLean is a media artist utilizing collage both aesthetically and conceptually. Her video work employs highly recognizable appropriated material alongside more elusive sources and material generated by the artist. Motivated by a deep curiosity about human behavior and relationships, her work is concerned with both the power and the failure of the mediated experience to bring people together. Recent videos put pressure not only on the relationships that develop between viewer and subject, but also on the ways emotions are lived in an age of mediated experience. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including the Mumok Cinema in Vienna, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Views from the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Kassel Dokfest, Impakt, and the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis. She was the recipient of an International Critics Prize, (FIPRESCI Prize) at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and a Jury Prize in the International Competition at the 2013 Videoex Festival. Her recent video I’m in Pittsburgh and It’s Raining was awarded first prize at the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival. She was a featured artist at the 2014 Flaherty Seminar.