Flat is Beautiful

1998 | 00:50:00 | United States | English | B&W | Mono

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, LGBTQ, Pixelvision, Sexuality, Youth/Childhood

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Flat is Beautiful is an experimental live-action cartoon using masks, animation, subtitles, drawings, and dramatic scenes to investigate the psychic life of an androgynous eleven-year-old girl. Growing up in a working class neighborhood with her single mother and gay roommate, Taylor confronts the loneliness of living between masculine and feminine in a culture obsessed with defining gender difference. Shifting between black and white film and grainy pixelvision video, Flat is Beautiful explores the internal and external worlds of sad people.

This title is also available on Sadie Benning Videoworks: Volume 3.

Exhibitions + Festivals

13th Seoul International NewMedia Festival, Seoul, South Korea, 2013

Whitney Biennial (Chrissie Illes-Video Curator Whitney Mus.), 2000

Dallas Video Festival, 2007

National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens, Politics of Art, October 2010-April 2011

Gijon Film Festival, 2008

Videonale Bon, 1998

MIX New York L & G Experimental Film Festival, 1998

Videonale Bon, 1999

Dallas Video Festival, 1999

Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands), 1999