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Published on Jul 3, 2008
Landow or Land constructs 'facades' of reality, often directly addressing the viewer using the language of television, advertising or educational films, and by featuring characters that are often the antithesis of those we might expect to see, such as podgy middle aged men and religious fanatics. He sometimes parodies experimental film itself, by mimicking his contemporaries and mocking the solemn approach of theorists and scholars. Films like Remedial Reading Comprehension propose an alternative logic for a medium that has become over theorised and manipulated. His films contain numerous cross-references to the art and culture of our time, giving them a relevance and vitality beyond the hermetic avant-garde. Owen Land has exposed the material of cinema and deconstructed its process and effect, while covering the 'big topics' of religion, psychoanalysis, commerce and pandas making avant-garde movies.