Jodie Mack is an experimental animator and an associate professor of animation at Dartmouth College. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive, her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design.
While at Radcliffe, Mack is editing and composing music for a feature-length animated film, The Grand Bizarre—a kinetic journey through the graphic motifs of textiles paired with figures and landscapes to explore the technological development of fabric production and consumption alongside systems of visual and spoken language. The piece investigates recurring graphic symbols and how their cross-cultural appropriation functions within a global economy.
Mack’s 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs at 25 FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center for the Arts, among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, the New York Times, and Senses of Cinema. Mack received her MFA in film, video, and new media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007.