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The Grand Bizarre

Jodie Mack
USA 2018 / 60’
She Is the Other Gaze X&Y

A cinematic postcard from a trip around the world—through oriental bazaars, city marketplaces and beach stalls. In this kaleidoscopic time-lapse animation, we see items put up for sale flapping about in the wind: colorful scarves, rugs and motley clothes. Laundry flutters on balconies, upholstery is reflected in car mirrors, curtains flicker in windows. Psychedelic patterns and colors of fabrics and dishes swirl about and come to life. Like in the fairy tales from One Thousand and One Nights, they lead the enigmatic life of magic objects. In semantic terms, the words “animation” and “animism” are very similar. Their root is anima, meaning the soul. Animism, the belief that non-human people have a soul, is one of the pillars of magical thinking about the world. And nothing expresses this better than animation, which has its original roots in rock paintings. Jodie Mack’s animated film is a spell from a different epoch: the industrial era, the time of machines and mass production, trains and aircraft. On this journey, nothing is cheap handicrafts made for tourists. There is, however, acceleration, energy and curiosity about the world, which we look at from the point of view of the lining and stitching (in both the literal and the metaphorical sense).

Ewa Szabłowska

Jodie Mack

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic design and cinema and the tension between form and meaning.


2005 A Joy (short)

2010 Dinotrope! (short)

2010 Posthaste Perennial Pattern (short)

2011 The Future Is Bright (short)

2012 Point De Gaze (short)

2012 Persian Pickles (short)

2013 Let Your Light Shine (short)

2013 Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (short)

2016 Curses (short)

2016 Something Between Us (short)

2018 Targowisko osobliwości / The Grand Bizarre

2018 Hoarders Without Borders

Cast & Crew

director Jodie Mack
screenplay Jodie Mack
cinematography Jodie Mack
editing Jodie Mack
music Jodie Mack
producer Jodie Mack
production Jodie Mack
sales Jodie Mack
language no dialogue
colouration colour