Program: Thursday, December 19, 2019, 9pm - Bar Laika Presents: Rachel Rose, Lake Valley
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Thursday, December 19, 2019, 9pm          Bar Laika by e-flux, 224 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA

Bar Laika Presents: Rachel Rose, Lake Valley

Rachel Rose, Lake Valley (film still), 2016

Join us at Bar Laika on Thursday, December 19 at 9pm for a screening of Rachel Rose's Lake Valley.

Rachel Rose, Lake Valley, 2016, 8:25 minutes
Lake Valley is a cel-animated video set in an imagined suburb. Each frame is a composite of elements from 19th-20th century children’s book illustrations that are cut, layered, and re-mapped for the present-day. The suburban places encountered in the video—the house, the parking lot, the park—are familiar and not. There is a simultaneity of past and present in all surfaces of the video: a plastic garbage bag is an illustration of a woman’s hair; an egg shell is an amalgam of dragon skin, cobble stones, and beer. 

The story of Lake Valley follows an imagined pet as it seeks attention on one particularly lonely day. The pet leaves its family in search of connection in the nearby green. The narrative is rooted in the theme of abandonment that permeates childhood in children’s literature. Abandonment, like a suburban house, is relatively ordinary experience sustained by everyday routines and anxieties.

The work of Rachel Rose (b. 1986) explores how our changing relationship to landscape has shaped story-telling and belief systems. Rose draws from and contributes to a long history of cinematic innovation, and through her subjects —whether investigating cryogenics, the American Revolutionary War, modernist architecture, or the sensory experience of walking in outer space — she questions what it is that makes us human and the ways we seek to alter and escape that designation.

For more information, contact laika@e-flux.com.

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