Carnegie Mellon University

Center for the Arts in Society

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Fine Arts


Laura Harrison - "The Limits of Vision"

School of Art Women in Animation Series

February 19, 2024 - 5:00pm

Laura Harrison lives and works in Chicago. Her animations focus on marginalized, social outcasts with their own sub cultures. These fringe characters provide a focal point for her concerns with diaspora, trans humanism, gender and the loss of touch in an overwhelmingly visual world. Her films have shown at various festivals internationally including The New York Film Festival, Ottowa International Animation Festival, Animafest Zagreb, LA Film Festival, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, EYEWORKS, Japan Media Arts Festival, Boston International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, GLAS, Melbourne International Animation Festival and many others.

The Limits of Vision, based on Robert Irwin's novel of the same name, features Marcia, a trapped housewife navigating shifting gender norms of early 1970's South London, her coterie of undermining friends, and a dust king named Mucor, god of small things. The film touches on mortality, painting, white feminism, slippage, the impossibility of moral purity, and non attachment.

Limits of Vision trailer from Laura HARRISON on Vimeo.

This event is co-hosted by the Center for Arts in Society, College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office, Department of Modern Languages, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Humanities Scholars Program, IDeATe, School of Art, Steiner Speaker Series, and the Career and Professional Development Center.