Culture Connect Featured Event
This program pairs films made by two artists who break down the boundaries between dance, visual art, and music, in work that shares a highly aestheticized exterior belying more complex and disturbing content. The elegant work of British artist Daria Martin -- "In the Palace" (2000), "Loneliness and the Modern Pentathlon" (2004-5), and "Harpstrings & Lava" (2007) -- presents the human body as a mechanized and abstract container for rich emotions, composed with the eye of a painter for two-dimensional surfaces, and the mind of a filmmaker for visceral three-dimensional perspectives. Laurie Simmons, best known for her large-scale puppet-based photographs from the 1980s, made her directorial debut with "The Music of Regret" (2006), a three-act musical that uses puppets to enact tales of ambition, disappointment, love, loss, and regret, suggesting the darker side of domesticity, and the fragile ecology of everyday life. Total running time 78 minutes.