Ying-Fang Shen's 12-and-a-half minute animated feature Humanexus traces history, specifically the history of communication, from the Stone Age to the information age. Silhouetted figures move haltingly against colorful, stylized backdrops. In the scenes from the most ancient times, tangled lines of dots, strung together like DNA, issue from the mouths of characters or are drawn on the background, only to be reshaped and rewoven as the figures interact. In the modern scenes, a figure struggles to move through a drift of messages. Figures on a bed, turned away from each other, are absorbed in personal devices. Shen, a Taiwan native, brings a sense of primitive and Asian art forms together to make a statement that ends with echoing questions: "Is that what we want? What do we want?" The answer seems there to be remembered.

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