‘The Red Book,’ by Janie Geiser, 1994

Janie Geiser, The Red Book, 1994. 16 mm film (color), 11 minutes. Sound Design by Beo Morales. Written, directed and animated by Janie Geiser. Copyright Janie Geiser.


“In Janie Geiser’s The Red Book, the artist uses handmade books, figures, and cityscapes drawn on cut paper to externalize a disoriented mental state. Punctuated by sounds of chimes and ticking clocks, time and memory blur for the female protagonist as she constructs a fragmented narrative that is as myth-like as it is concrete.”

—Isabella Kapur, Curatorial Intern


The Red Book has previously been shown as part of the 1996 New Directors / New Films Festival at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and in 2009 was selected for preservation in the Smithsonian’s National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.


Explore more of Janie Geiser’s work on her website.


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