Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October 21, 09 What of the Night


Finding similarities in the pulses and shapes between my own experiments in night photography, lightning storms, and night bombing in World War II, I constructed the war at home.

"A screaming comes across the sky." - Gravity's Rainbow

"NOCTURNE strongly evokes one of Brakhage's most exquisite films, FIRE OF WATERS (1965). Its setting is a suburban neighborhood populated by kids at play and indistinct but ominous parental figures. A submerged narrative rehearses a type of young boy's nighttime game in which a flashlight is wielded in a darkened room to produce effects of aerial combat and bombardment. A sense of hostility tinged with terror seeps into commonplace movements .... Fantasy merges with nightmare, a war of dimly suppressed emotions rages beneath a veneer of household calm .... In NOCTURNE, found footage is worked so subtly into the fabric of threat that its apperception comes as a shock ploughed from the unconscious." - Paul Arthur

1980 (revised 1989), 16mm, b&w/si, 10m,

Marie Menken: Moonplay

(1964-1966) 16mm, black and white, sound, 5 min

Sound by Teiji Ito. A lunar fantasy in animated stop-motion.

Stan Brakhage: Song 9 Wedding source and substance

Song 10 Sitting around


Observando El Cielo,” By Jeanni Liotta

The Stars Are Very Beautiful by Stan Brakhage

night side by Rebecca Meyers