Surrealistic Animations by Stacey Steers

Film - Animated | September 11 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Stacey Steers’s handmade, hypnotic collage animations draw on a wide range of materials, including nineteenth-century prints, Eadweard Muybridge’s 1887 motion studies, and silent cinema footage, particularly images of Lillian Gish and Janet Gaynor. The resulting narratives are dreamlike and mysterious, while exploring the subterranean depths of women’s inner experience. For the late filmmaker Phil Solomon, Steers’s most recent film, Edge of Alchemy, “is the epitome of [her] unique vision of collaged re-examination animations, an uncanny way to carry on in the great tradition of surrealist cinema.” Steers herself elaborates, “Like the Surrealists, my working process is intuitive and allows the unconscious and non-rational to play a role. I unite elements with no obvious shared context and try to create an atmosphere where their alignment feels somehow natural and poetically sound.” Steers also screens her hand-drawn Totem and presents a 10-minute PowerPoint lecture on the creative process.