The Cage of Sand

2018 | 00:10:40 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Animation, Conceptual Art, Sound

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If asked to say what this work is about in one word, the answer — which is woven into the electronic musique concrète soundtrack — would be a Joycean one: it’s a “collideorscape.” The imagery is a return to materials Rankus dealt with as a young man in the video Naked Doom (1983). He has recycled imagery such as cages, a toy robot, and brain convolutions; newer motifs include a winged ballerina, Victorian corsets, and alchemical vessels containing birds. These visual elements are arranged and rearranged in varied configurations that have a subtle and ambiguous sense of dramatic progression. They collide, but finally do escape.

Watch an interview with the artist discussing Cage of Sand at the 57th Ann Arbor Film Festival.


Oxford Film Festival
Oxford, MS

Exhibitions + Festivals

Revolutions Per Minute Festival 2019

57th Ann Arbor Film Festival 2019

Richmond International Film and Music Festival 2019

Cosmic Rays Film Festival 2019

First Hermetic International Film Festival 2019

Richmond International Film and Music Festival 2019 

Dallas Medianale 2019  

Seoul International New Media Festival 2019 

Oaxaca FilmFest X Mexico 2019 

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Naked Doom