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Telfair Museums presents Derek G. Larson’s (American, b. 1978) first feature-length animation, Trés Mall (2018). Très Mall is a 50-minute animation that features cameos of writers discussing topics in activism, art, and the environment. The story follows the fictional lives of three artists in Savannah. Jon inherits a strip mall and his friends join in to witness the slow progression of misplaced ambitions.

About the Artist

Derek G. Larson lives and works in Savannah, and he is Associate Professor of Animation & New Media at Georgia Southern University’s campus in Statesboro. Larson holds an MFA from the Yale School of Art and has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions and residencies.

Très Mall screens summer 2018 in Times Square New York City (42nd St & 6th Avenue) and the project received support from MASS MoCA’s studio residency. Larson’s work has been featured by ARTPULSE, Rhizome.org, Big Red & Shiny, Gizmodo, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and New American Paintings. With prior experience as a video editor at PBS, Larson’s work combines animation, video, painting, and performance. His current work explores science fiction, political satire, and malls. Larson is represented by ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA.

Video Credits:

 

Episode 1

We Need To Invent A Different Kind Of Love, 2018
7 minutes, 11 seconds
Featuring Michael Hardt
Written, Directed & Animated by Derek G. Larson

 

Episode 2

We Have To Meet Things Halfway, 2018
15 minutes, 39 seconds
Featuring Graham Harman
Written, Directed & Animated by Derek G. Larson

 

Episode 3

Benign Violence, 2018
22 minutes, 51 seconds
Featuring [in order of appearance]:
John Hocevar, Greenpeace Oceans Campaign Director, as Fish Head
Lawrence Williams, Professor of Business at UC Boulder, as Falcon
Kyle Powys Whyte, Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State U., as Cat
J.K. Gibson-Graham, Professor of Feminist Economic Geography at Western Sydney U., as Numbat
Music [in order of appearance]
Transmigration by Reptilian, Intro
Rose by Mall Walk, Prius 1
Tame by Lié, Prius 2
Art of Living by Honey Bucket, Prius 3
Gut Feeling by Empath, Prius 4
One Of These Things First by Nick Drake, Outro
Written, Directed & Animated by Derek G. Larson

 

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