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Wherever You Go, There We Are: Videos by Jesse McLean

November 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema presents….

Wherever You Go, There We Are:
Videos by Jesse McLean

A program of recent videos made by Jesse McLean, constructed both before and during her year as a Mary L. Nohl Fellow. The program will also include a selection of curated shorts by artists that have influenced her practice and recent projects.

Writes McLean, “A primary focus of all my work is the power-and the failure-of the mediated experience to bring people together. I am motivated by a deep curiosity regarding human behavior and relationships, and the ways emotions are lived in an age of mediated experience. Recent projects explore the fraught relationships people have with computers, technology we both rely on and resent, and contrast our infinite human desires with technologic capacity. Influenced by popular culture, cinema and Soviet montage theory, my work is often a collage of sources, from recognizable, appropriated excerpts to more elusive material and footage that I generate myself. This collagist approach is both formal and conceptual, allowing me to complicate familiar forms, create complex readings, and make the joint processes of deconstruction and reassembly an aesthetic experience in itself.”

Jesse McLean’s videos have been exhibited at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide, including the New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts, Anthology Film Archives, Robert Flaherty Film Seminar 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. She received a MacDowell Fellowship and a Mary L. Nohl Individual Artist Fellowship in 2016.

She is an Assistant Professor of Film/Video/Animation/New Genres at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Cinema is a free series unspooling on most Tuesdays throughout the semester that shares contemporary and canonical experimental media. Presented by the UWM Union Cinema and the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres.

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November 14, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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