Outer Ear Festival of Sound: Recent Films by Deborah Stratman

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | November 7, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 6pm | Deborah Stratman in person!

Deborah Stratman, O’er the Land (2008). Image courtesy of the artist.
Deborah Stratman, O’er the Land (2008). Image courtesy of the artist.

The Experimental Sound Studio’s Outer Ear Festival of Sound and CATE team up to present a special preview of award-winning filmmaker Deborah Stratman’s latest film, O’er the Land (2008). Completed in part through a residency at ESS, Stratman’s film meditates on our notions of freedom in an era of elevated threat by interweaving footage from our national pasttimes—football, war re-enactments, machine gun festivals—with the incredible story of Marine Lt. Col William Rankin who, in 1959, was forced to eject from his fighter jet at 47,000 feet without a pressure suit, only to be trapped for 40 minutes in the up and down drafts of a massive thunderstorm. Accompanied by Stratman’s Paranormal Trilogy: It Will Die Out in the Mind (2006), How Among the Frozen Words (2005), and The Magician’s House (2007). The Outer Ear Festival of Sound (November 3–22, 2008) is the only comprehensive interdisciplinary sonic arts festival in the Midwest. For more information, visit exsost.org. 2005—08, Deborah Stratman, USA, 16mm, ca 65 min.

Deborah Stratman is a Chicago-based artist and filmmaker whose work plies the territory between experimental and documentary genres. Her films and frequent work in other media, including photography, sound, drawing and sculpture often explore the history, uses, mythologies and control of highly varied landscapes: from Muslim Xinjiang China, to rural Iceland, to gated suburban California. Her works have been exhibited internationally and she is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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