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Sears, Kelly L Assistant Professor

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Research

research overview

  • I make experimental animations through a process of collecting and activating images from American history. I’m drawn to print and film materials from Post WW2 life to examine how the flourishing of the American dream and America’s new status as a super power created contemporary political legacies. Industrial films, newsreels, lifestyle magazines, yearbooks, and textbooks are mined for archetypes to explore the resulting narratives of power, such as Manifest Destiny, occupation and surveillance. Using collage and digital compositing, I cut into imagery from American culture and politics to intervene with the history embedded in the frame. The visual documents become a site for archeology. I excavate images from the past and forge connections to present-day political histories. Through my animation process, I explore how the uncanny and official narratives can work together to reframe what we consider an authorized and accountable history.

keywords

  • animation, experimental film, media archeology, documentary, science fiction, creative writing

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ARTF 5500 Cinema Production 2 (Spring 2019)
  • ARTF 5717 Graduate Studio Critique (Spring 2019)
  • ARTF 5846 Graduate Independent Study-Video (Spring 2019)
  • ARTF 6959 Master's Thesis Film (Spring 2019)
  • FILM 3620 Experimental Digital Animation (Spring 2019)
  • FILM 3900 Independent Study (Production) (Spring 2019)
  • FILM 3901 Independent Study (Critical Study) (Spring 2019)
  • FILM 3940 Film Studies Internship (Spring 2019)
  • FILM 3990 Film Practicum (Spring 2019)
  • FILM 4500 Cinema Production 2 (Spring 2019)
  • FILM 4959 Honors Senior Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • ARTF 5500 Cinema Production 2 (Fall 2018)
  • ARTF 5717 Graduate Studio Critique (Fall 2018)
  • ARTS 6957 Master of Fine Arts Creative Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • FILM 3900 Independent Study (Production) (Fall 2018)
  • FILM 3901 Independent Study (Critical Study) (Fall 2018)
  • FILM 3940 Film Studies Internship (Fall 2018)
  • FILM 3990 Film Practicum (Fall 2018)
  • FILM 4500 Cinema Production 2 (Fall 2018)
  • FILM 4959 Honors Senior Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • FILM 3940 Film Studies Internship (Summer 2018)
  • ARTF 5500 Cinema Production 2 (Spring 2018)
  • ARTF 5717 Graduate Studio Critique (Spring 2018)
  • ARTF 5846 Graduate Independent Study-Video (Spring 2018)
  • ARTF 6959 Master's Thesis Film (Spring 2018)
  • FILM 3620 Experimental Digital Animation (Spring 2018)
  • FILM 3900 Independent Study (Production) (Spring 2018)
  • FILM 3901 Independent Study (Critical Study) (Spring 2018)
  • FILM 3940 Film Studies Internship (Spring 2018)
  • FILM 3990 Film Practicum (Spring 2018)
  • FILM 4500 Cinema Production 2 (Spring 2018)
  • FILM 4959 Honors Senior Thesis (Spring 2018)

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