Jodie Mack

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies

Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who received her MFA in film, video, and new media from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Combining the formal techniques and structures of abstract/absolute animation with those of cinematic genres, her handmade films use collage to explore the relationship between graphic cinema and storytelling, the tension between form and meaning. Musical documentary or stroboscopic archive: her films study domestic and recycled materials to illuminate the elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. The works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects and question the role of decoration in daily life.

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Mack's 16mm films have screened at a variety of venues including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Images Festival, Projections at the New York Film Festival, and the Viennale. She has presented solo programs at the 25FPS Festival, Anthology Film Archives, BFI London Film Festival, Harvard Film Archive, National Gallery of Art, REDCAT, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale, and Wexner Center for the Arts among others. Her work has been featured in publications including Artforum, Cinema Scope, The New York Times, and Senses of Cinema. She is an Associate Professor of Animation at Dartmouth College and a 2018/19 Film Study Center Fellow at Harvard University.

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Visual Arts Center 211
HB 6194
Film and Media Studies
B.A. University of Florida
M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Selected Publications

Selected Films:


The Grand Bizarre (60m, 16mm, color, sound)

Hoarders Without Borders (4m45s, 16mm, color, silent)


Wasteland No. 1: Ardent, Verdant (4m30s, 16mm, color, silent)

Goody Goody (3m, super 16mmà DV, color, sound)


Curses (4m45s, digital video, color, sound)


Something Between Us (10m, 16mm, color, sound)


Razzle Dazzle (5m, 16mm, color, silent)


New Fancy Foils (12m30s, 16mm, color, silent)

Undertone Overture (10m, 16mm, color, sound)

Glistening Thrills (8m30s, 16mm, color, sound)

Let Your Light Shine (2m45s, 16mm, b/w and color, sound)

Dusty Stacks of Mom: the Poster Project (41m, 16mm, color, sound)

Blanket Statement #2: All or Nothing (3m, 16mm, color, sound)


Blanket Statement #1: Home is Where the Heart is (3m, 16mm, color, sound)

MackDash (23m, 70mm, color, sound)

Persian Pickles (2m45s, 16mm, color, sound)

Point de Gaze (4m30s, 16mm, color, silent)


August Song (5m, DV, color, sound)

The Future is Bright (3m, 16mm, color, live sound)


Rad Plaid (5m, 16mm, color, silent)

Posthaste Perennial Pattern (3m38s, 16mm, color, sound)

Unsubscribe #1: Special Offer Inside (3m, 16mm, color, sound)

Unsubscribe #2: All Eyes on the Silver Screen (3m, 16mm, b/w, silent)

Unsubscribe #3: Glitch Envy (4m45s, 16mm, color, sound)

Unsubscribe #4: The Saddest Song in the World (2m45s, 16mm, color, sound)


Selected Installations:


Glitch Envy, Govett Brewster Art GalleryNew Plymouth, NZ

Three Screens for Looking at Abstraction, Columbus Museum of Art—Columbus, OH

Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro, Museum of Art and DesignNew York, NY

Phantom Horizons, KuenstlerhausBerlin, NY

In Any Direction, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA


Visual Intelligence, Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gallery, Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA

Deep Time, Radiator GalleryQueens, NY

Fashion in Film, GoldsmithsLondon, UK

Color Play, Art Blocks—Houston, TX


Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts—Melbourne, FL

Peephole Cinema—San Francisco, CA

Dhaka Art Summit—Dhaka, Bangladesh


Verge Art Fair, Art Toronto—Toronto, Canada

Material Girl—Dunlop Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada


Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale—Shenzhen, China

Making Space,City Limits—Oakland, CA

Undertone Overture: Jodie Mack, The Walls—Queensland, Australia

Crossing Terrain: Isabelle Hayeur, Jon Sasaki, Jodie Mack, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria—Victoria, BC, Canada