Recent Films by Stan Brakhage (Part Two)
The Domain Of The Moment
“Here are four films in contemplation upon those events which are so centered upon one moment that chronology seems almost obliterated or at least unimportant in remembrance. Most animals seem, to me, to inhabit this eventuality as a norm. I was permitted to share such experience, camera in hand, with several creatures these four non-times; but it was the memory of those experiences which made it possible to edit a formal equivalent for the continuity art of film.”
• (1977, 18 mins, color/silent, Distributed by Canyon Cinema)
“This is the first clear vision I've had of the hot-blooded dinosaurs still living among us.”
• (1978, 4 mins, color/silent, Distributed by Canyon Cinema)
“This film describes a psychological state 'kin to ‘moon-struck,' its images emblems (not quite symbols) of suspension-of-self within consciousness and then that feeling of ‘falling away' from conscious thought. The film can only be said to ‘describe' or be emblematic of this state because I cannot imagine symbolizing or otherwise representing an equivalent of thoughtlessness itself. Thus the ‘actors' in the film, Jane Brakhage, Tom and Gloria Bartek, William Burroughs, Alan Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, and Phillip Whalen are figments of this Thought-Fallen PROCESS as are their images in the film to themselves being photographed.”
• With Jane Brakhage, Tom and Gloria Bartek, William Burroughs, Alan Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Phillip Whalen. (1978, 9 mins, color/silent at 18 fps, Distributed by Canyon Cinema)
“The film begins with the image of a dead bird.
“The mind moves to forget, as well as to remember: this film, in the tradition of Thot-Fal'n, graphs the process of forgetfulness against all oddities of remembered bird-shape. The film might best be seen along with Sirius Remembered and The Dead as the third part of a trilogy.”
• (1978, 15 mins, color/silent at 18 fps, Distributed by Canyon Cinema)
“It is a wooden silver-retrieving sluice, thus light-catch awash with something like ‘cheek and jowl clippings of Argentine bulls' (as Hollis Frampton reminds us) and many chemical residues of earth. My mind has grown TREE out of the forest of all of it.”
• (1978, 6 mins, silent at 18 fps, Distributed by Canyon Cinema)
A series of narrative events, stories if you like, but so clustered visually as to have a center, so to speak, slightly off center.
• (1978, ca.15 mins, color/silent at 18 fps, Distributed by Canyon Cinema)
Purity & After
Two short films, the first NOT about purity itself, whatever that might be, but rather an equivalent of the process of searching for purity in the mind... the second film, then, thought's rebound from that.
• (1978, ca.5 mins, color/silent at 18 fps, Distributed by Canyon Cinema)