Janie Geiser’s The Nervous Films

Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival Kick-Off!


Wednesday, March 2, 8 pm, Free
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

Kick off The 27th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival with a free screening of festival juror Janie Geiser’s work at The Nightingale.

Find out more about the festival here: http://www.onioncity.org/

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Cathode Garden (2015, 8 minutes, DV)
Chicago Premiere!
A young woman moves between light and dark, life and death; a latter day Persephone. The natural world responds accordingly. Neglected negatives, abandoned envelopes, botanical and anatomical illustrations, and found recordings re-order themselves, collapsing and re-emerging in her liminal world.

“…Janie Geiser’s gift for cutting between private, encoded images to create dense montages that defy ready interpretation, as vibrant as ever in Cathode Garden.”—Tony Pipilo, ArtForum

(2013, 4 minutes, DV)
Evidence is scientifically arranged and catalogued, suggesting a corridor to knowledge. Elusive. Crimson.
Kriminalistik received the 2014 Hong Kong International Film Festival’s Internet Audience Award

The Nervous Films:
Ghost Algebra (2009, 7:30 minutes, 16 to DV)
Under erratic skies, a solitary figure navigates a landscape of constructed nature and broken bones. She peers through a decaying aperture, waiting and watching: the fragility of the body is exposed for what it is: ephemeral, liquid, a battlefield of nervous dreams.
Using found and natural objects, rephotographed video, medical illustrations, and other collage elements, Ghost Algebra suggests one of the original meanings of the word “algebra”: the science of restoring what is missing, the reunion of broken parts. Sound collage: Janie Geiser; sound mix: Kari Rae Seekins.

Kindless Villian (2010, 5 minutes, 16 to DV)
In Kindless Villain, two boys wander through a stone fortress, while the history of never-ending battle forms traces in the waters below. Seemingly alone in their island world, the boys succumb to fatigue, and to rituals of power. Scratched phrases from an ancient recording of Hamlet reveal a sad cry for vengeance. War is a child’s game, played quietly in this forgotten world. Sound collage: Janie Geiser; sound mix: Kari Rae Seekins.

The Floor of the World (2010, 9 minutes, 16 to DV)
In a shifting landscape of dirt and sky, excavation and construction merge. Figures move back and forth between life and death, and possibly somewhere else. The ephemerality of existence is a mundane question in this world, where numbers mark the way. The floor of the world turns out to be easily pierced, liquid, permeable. Sound collage: Janie Geiser; sound mix: Kari Rae Seekins.

Ricky (2011, 11 minutes, DV)
The realms of childhood, war, and loss echo through Ricky. A found sound recording forms the spine of the film…a scratched audio letter from father to son. Sound collage: Janie Geiser; sound mix: Kari Rae Seekins.

Arbor (2012, 7 minutes, 16 to DV)
From a set of photographs found in a thrift store, Geiser creates a liminal space between representation and abstraction, figure and landscape, fiction and memory. ARBOR suggests the fragility and ephemerality of memory and its artifacts through subtle manipulations of the photographs: reframings, layerings, inversions, and the introduction of dimensional elements, including flowers and leaves. The photographs’ subjects rarely engage the camera; they are glimpsed, rather than seen. They look elsewhere, and wait for something inevitable. Gathering on a hillside, lounging on the grass beyond now-lost trees, the inhabitants of ARBOR cycle through their one elusive afternoon, gradually succumbing to time or dissolving into landscape, reserving for themselves what we can’t know—and becoming shadows in their own stories. Sound collage: Janie Geiser; sound mix: Kari Rae Seekins.

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