The Grand Bizarre review – trippy travelogue to who knows where

Published on Apr 08, 2020

Experimental artist-animator Jodie Mack’s film is a strange, colourful, kaleidoscopic odyssey around the world but with no apparent destination

Here’s a 60-minute cine-essay from the American experimental artist-animator Jodie Mack, a distinctively trippy travelogue about … well, what? The film might have something to say about globalisation and homogeneity. Or our 21st-century addiction to consuming stuff. Maybe there’s an observation here on cultural appropriation. But with no words or narrative, this hypnotic kaleidoscope of repeated patterns and animation featuring brightly coloured fabrics is all but unclassifiable. Mack is known for working with textiles; and this film, shot on 16mm, is perhaps best described as Koyaanisqatsi with rugs.

The footage has a grabbed-on-the hoof feel, filmed around the world. In a stop-motion scene at the start, a mutinous wheelie case, broken free from a display in a shopping mall, spluts out scraps of fabric. Again in stop-motion, a rug

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Author: Cath Clarke