Screening – True Fairy Tales
at Microscope Gallery
Monday March 8, 7:30pm ET
True Fairy Tales
Works by: Kenneth Anger, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Tomi Omololu-Lange, Jonas Mekas, Michelle Nguyen, Anne Spalter, Ziyang Wu, and Ezra Wube
Q&A via live chat on March at 8:30pm ET
Microscope is very pleased to present True Fairy Tales, an online screening program of works in video, film, stop motion animation, 3D animation, AI, and augmented reality by Kenneth Anger, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Tomi Omololu-Lange, Jonas Mekas, Michelle Nguyen, Anne Spalter, Ziyang Wu, and Ezra Wube centered around the topic of fairytales.
The eight works in the program, which include and combine diaristic, personal, narrative, collage, computer and AI-generated approaches, are less concerned with reimagining or updating Western fairy tales, but in the use of the fairy tale form to reveal the biases within them, to reclaim lost or distorted history, and as a way to grapple with horrors and gross inequities of our times.
In these works spanning 20 years since the twin towers fell — as captured by Jonas Mekas from his Soho roof in his video work “Ein Märchen aus allen Zeiten” (A Fairy Tale From All Times) to Anne Spalter’s 2021 “Fantasy Castles” featuring AI-generated images of castles at a time when the US billionaires could give away $3,900 to every American from their gains amassed during the pandemic alone and still have profited from it — themes of erasure, feminism, racism, colonialism, power and greed feature prominently.
A live Q&A via chat with several of the artists will begin at 8:30pm ET on Monday March 8th.