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Alternative Visions

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
7:00 p.m. Phantom Limbs and Mad Scientists: The Films of Nancy Andrews
Nancy Andrews (U.S., 2009–10)

In Person/Nancy Andrews


“Like its main character, Behind the Eyes are the Ears embraces the full scope of the unknown—from the sinister to the rhapsodic.” —Colin Capers

How to describe Nancy Andrews’s films? Begin with drawn imagery, puppets, and live action, mix in some archival footage and songs written and performed by Andrews. Add in speculation on the intersection of nature and technology, as well as some startling hybrid characters that are, at times, played by Andrews in costume (On a Phantom Limb features an individual that is part woman/part bird and Behind the Eyes are the Ears, one who is part woman/ part spider). And, voilà—You’ve got two comedic horror musical documentary animations! Drawing on research and autobiography, Andrews explores the unfathomable, the weird, and the wild.

On a Phantom Limb 2009, 35 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist

Behind the Eyes Are the Ears 2010, 25 mins, Color, Digital video, From the artist

Total running time: 60 mins