Fables of the Future: Animations by Adebukola Bodunrin


Chicago-based film, video, and installation artist Adebukola Bodunrin explores language, culture, and media in her collage animations, manipulating images using unorthodox manual and digital techniques in order to produce unexpected cinematic experiences. We’re proud to welcome her to the Black Cinema House for Fables of the Future, a selection of four films that find her exploring and combining past and future fantasy worlds and folktales as they morph and adapt across time.
This screening features the world premiere of a new work, The Golden Chain, as well as a screening of Doing Good but Behaving Badly with live accompaniment by Tatsu Aoki and Alex Inglizian.

The Films

even when life is sad, people still have a good time
16mm film, 4 min., 2005
A partially destroyed fragment of Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 Technicolor dream film Tales of Hoffman becomes the site of a ruptured fantasy.

It’s hard to wreck a nice beach/ It’s hard to recognize speech
Digital Video, 15 min., 2007
A quirky tale of language, society, adaptation, and what makes us who we are. Pixelation, long-exposure photography, and digital manipulation are used to recreate and enhance memories.

The Golden Chain (with Ezra Daniels)
Animation, 3-5 min., 2013
The African Woman: mother of civilization, historically overlooked member of contemporary global society. She finds herself now in a distant, not-impossible future. A Nigerian space station in a remote nook of the solar system orbits a pinpoint of matter so dense it cannot exist on Earth. It is a recreation of the birth of the universe itself, contained for the purpose of study, and overseen by Yetunde, chief science engineer on the space station Eko. This animation is the story of an archetype come full circle. Blending afrofuturist motifs with hard science fiction, we create a world at once fantastical, yet entirely plausible, in order to ask the question: “Where will we go, given where we came from?”

Doing Good but Behaving Badly
Manipulated film and video, 38 min., 2011
Featuring live accompaniment by Tatsu Aoki on upright bass & Alex Inglizian on various electronics
A retelling of Aseop’s Fables that questions the small difference between right and wrong. Aesop’s Fables were originally intended as moral guidelines for people to live by. In a world where things are increasingly seen in varying shades of gray, and we look more to television to explain the world, how relevant and useful are these moral lessons? Manual film manipulation and computer animation are combined to create a fantastical world.

About Ms. Bodunrin

A graduate of the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Bodunrin has screened her work nationally and internationally at venues including the Jersey City Museum of Art; the Museum as a Hub: New Museum, New York; the Scope Art Fair; the Onion City Film Festival; the Chicago Underground Film Festival; the Festival Animator, Poznań, Poland; Ok, Quoi? festival, Sackville, New Brunswick; and Anthology Film Archives, New York.

Black Cinema House,
6901 S. Dorchester Ave.