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show & Tell: Stephanie Barber

02/17/18 | 7:30 PM

Anthology Film Archives

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17-02-2018 12:00:00 17-02-2018 12:00:00 America/New_York show & Tell: Stephanie Barber | 7:30 PM IN THE JUNGLE (2017, 63 min, digital. With Cricket Arrison (of Wham City) and M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos).) Stephanie Barber has achieved the rare feat of carving out a cinematic (or more properly speaking, media-spanning) realm entirely her own. Equally attuned to the nuances of the moving image and of language, her short and occasional feature-length film and video works meld together elements of photography, poetry, music, and live performance, and display a sensibility that's at once comical, lyrical, and melancholy. Her latest piece, IN THE JUNGLE playfully and sorrowfully tells the tale of an unreliable narrator in a self-imposed exile. Given a grant to study the equivalent of animal cries and whines in jungle flora, our heroine has lived for 1,612 days deep in an unnamed jungle. This jungle serves as an extended metaphor for excessive and continual growth and death and fear and sustenance, a metaphorical space of chaos in which the scientist finds solace and which stands in contrast to the human jungle of 'civilization.' Is IN THE JUNGLE – which grew out of a live performance – a filmed document of a theater piece, a musical, a poetic lecture, or some combination of all of the above? In Barber's hands, as in so much of her work, the distinctions don't matter, especially when the result is as transporting, thought-provoking, and magical as IN THE JUNGLE. "Like much of Barber's creative labor, IN THE JUNGLE exists in the tension of both recognizing the profound beauty of the natural world that we inhabit while coming to grips with the inadequacies of our knowledge systems, including language, to describe and understand it." –Bret McCabe "Barber approaches cinema as a philosophical toy, intimately small, in which the play itself generates both pleasure and insight." –Ed Halter, AFTERALL ONLINE http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=279941 Anthology Film Archives Anthology Film Archives

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IN THE JUNGLE (2017, 63 min, digital. With Cricket Arrison (of Wham City) and M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos).)

Stephanie Barber has achieved the rare feat of carving out a cinematic (or more properly speaking, media-spanning) realm entirely her own. Equally attuned to the nuances of the moving image and of language, her short and occasional feature-length film and video works meld together elements of photography, poetry, music, and live performance, and display a sensibility that's at once comical, lyrical, and melancholy.

Her latest piece, IN THE JUNGLE playfully and sorrowfully tells the tale of an unreliable narrator in a self-imposed exile. Given a grant to study the equivalent of animal cries and whines in jungle flora, our heroine has lived for 1,612 days deep in an unnamed jungle. This jungle serves as an extended metaphor for excessive and continual growth and death and fear and sustenance, a metaphorical space of chaos in which the scientist finds solace and which stands in contrast to the human jungle of 'civilization.'

Is IN THE JUNGLE – which grew out of a live performance – a filmed document of a theater piece, a musical, a poetic lecture, or some combination of all of the above? In Barber's hands, as in so much of her work, the distinctions don't matter, especially when the result is as transporting, thought-provoking, and magical as IN THE JUNGLE.

"Like much of Barber's creative labor, IN THE JUNGLE exists in the tension of both recognizing the profound beauty of the natural world that we inhabit while coming to grips with the inadequacies of our knowledge systems, including language, to describe and understand it." –Bret McCabe

"Barber approaches cinema as a philosophical toy, intimately small, in which the play itself generates both pleasure and insight." –Ed Halter, AFTERALL ONLINE

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