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Friday, May 3, 2013 – 4:45PM to 5:45PM
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street

School Of Change Image

Jennet Thomas’s SCHOOL OF CHANGE, REDUX is a sci-fi musical set in an alternate reality that satirically reflects our current epoch. Once through the rabbit hole, audience members will witness the life of the kidnapped New Girl as she is forced to endure the tribulations of confinement in strange and peculiar academic surroundings. The film’s playful strangeness delights in disruptive editing rhythms, choreographed movements, unusual special effects, and songs, colliding in the everyday location of the artist’s former school, with an extraordinarily skewed logic.

Jennet Thomas (born 1963) is an artist who makes films, performances, and installations. Her work began as spoken word and projections for a live audience; it now combines a variety of filmic languages, ranging from soap opera to experimental and underground filmmaking, from sci-fi to musicals. Her work tackles very human content and is often bleakly comic. Thomas' work emerged from the anarchistic, experimental culture of London's underground film and live art club scene in the 1990's, where she was a co-founder of the Exploding Cinema Collective. Her numerous film works have screened extensively in the international Film Festival arena (Rotterdam, Oberhausen, New York Underground Film Festival) with retrospectives at The Pleasure Dome, Toronto; Anthology Film Archives, New York; and Rencontres Vidéo Art Plastique, various locations, France. She is a Senior Lecturer on BA Fine Art: Print and Time Based Media at the University of the Arts London, Wimbledon College.

Image: Jennet Thomas, SCHOOL OF CHANGE, REDUX, 2012-13, video, 52:00 min (still).