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Bad Weather

By Jacob Koestler

by Jacob Koestler and Anna Tararova soundtrack available @ myideaoffun.org Equal parts nature study and contemporary fairy tale, Bad Weather is a short film that follows a young man on his quest to transcend the lonely realities of society’s continual separation from the fantastic, natural world. By train and boat, he travels from a cold city to the untouched edges of wilderness through montages of industrial-boom propaganda and the life cycles of animals. His disillusionment is only replaced by dark fantasy turned reality, as he unknowingly reaches his destination; just off the shore of a distant island, he watches in horror as a mermaid thrashes and rips at the land above the water’s surface. After years of failed attempts at communication and connection, she has grown tired of human ignorance. The mermaid chooses to bestow her mystical gift of destruction upon the legged...

Everted Sanctuaries: Increments of Silence

By Ryan Lewis

Here are some images from my recent MFA Thesis exhibition, which would not have been possible without @Lab support. Thanks also to Nathan for his help. Here’s my abstract from the exhibition: Everted Sanctuaries: Increments of Silence Eversion is a biological term for the ability of an organism to turn itself inside out. For example, a sea cucumber can eject its internal organs to distract attacking predators. The sea cucumber sacrifices these vital functions for the possibility of escape. However, this incurs a cost of the time and energy required to regrow those vital functions. Eversion, though seemingly counterproductive, is deployed at critical moments to allow the sea cucumber to achieve its highest priority—survival. Many introverts have become adept at temporarily everting their personalities to function in extroverted contexts within U.S. culture. This masquerade often...

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