Stacey Steers: Edge of Alchemy
2006-17, Stacey Steers, USA, ca. 50 min.
- Thu, Mar 2nd 6:00pm
Bees swarm, a bat swallows a young woman and eggs and orbs multiply against backdrops of flora, viscera, and pulsating night skies. Such are the surreal visions of Stacey Steers’s animated films, which she composes by hand from thousands of silent-film stills and fragments of 19th century engravings and illustrations. Over the last decade, she has produced a trio of works on women’s inner lives, meditating on fraught relationships, motherhood, medicine, and death through the images of early film stars Lillian Gish, Mary Pickford, Janet Gaynor, and the unnamed women of Eadweard Muybridge’s proto-cinematic study "Human and Animal Locomotion" (1887). She presents all three films, Phantom Canyon (2006), Night Hunter (2011), and the latest, Edge of Alchemy (2017), together for the first time. Various formats. (Amy Beste)
MARCH 2: Stacey Steers will be present for audience discussion.