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Sublime Cinema Site

By Rhizome

Michael Szpakowski, one of the core producers behind DVblog, has recently created 'Scenes of Provincial Life,' a new video blog of his own provocative shorts. The series started as a kind of 'moving image dream diary,' a few years ago, and already features a dozen movies. Each plays with simple juxtapositions of mostly appropriated material, and Szpakowski is slowly uploading his archive, intermixed with new work, at a rate of one file per day. The tones of the videos range from Kentridge-like sorrowful beauty to quirky and experimental fluxus framing. Szpakowski's mastery of remixing pop and historical imagery feels cautiously poetic--an inviting and watchful celebration of the ignored beauty to be found in everyday things. - Nathaniel Stern

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