VIDEO ART VIDEO is proud to present 8 masterworks by Stan Brakhage (January 14, 1933 – March 9, 2003) – an American non-narrative filmmaker who is considered to be one of the most important figures not only in 20th century experimental film, but also in all arts:
Time: 3-5 pm Thurs 30 Sept
Location: DOCLAB office, Goethe Institute
Warning: Some material may be inappropriate or offensive for viewer.
Working completely outside the mainstream, Brakhage created a large and diverse body of work over a half century – all of which reflect his interests in mythology, music, poetry and visual phenomena. Challenging all taboos in his exploration of “birth, sex, death, and the search for God,” he has turned his camera on explicit lovemaking, childbirth, even autopsy. Many of his most famous works pursue the nature of vision itself, transcend the act of filming and explore a variety of formats, approaches and techniques. Some, including the legendary Mothlight, were made without using a camera at all, as he pioneered the art of making images directly on film, by drawing, painting, and scratching.
A narrative film creates an arc of expectation that sets up conflicts and tensions the viewer expects to have resolved — or at least, lead to some form of conclusion. Brakhage’s films are organized according to a precisely opposite principle. There is no overarching or predictable form; his emphasis is on each instant of perception. The process of viewing a Brakhage film becomes part of the film’s subject; in answer to the passivity encouraged by a mainstream commercial narrative movie, Brakhage requests active participation. Relaxing one’s perceptions when the lights dim, as many movie viewers are accustomed to doing, won’t work here: one must learn to see faster, more precisely, and more deeply.
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