Monday, January 24, 2011

Metaphors on Vision

Film by Stan Brakhage, audio by Moby.

"Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception. How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of 'Green'? How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye? How aware of variations in heat waves can that eye be? Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of color. Imagine a world before the 'beginning was the word.'" -opening paragraph of Stan Brakhage's first book, Metaphors on Vision

I did a little research on Stan Brakhage, specifically his writings from Metaphors on Vision, for a graphic design project. I think he makes an interesting point with the fact that we limit ourselves by labeling, even when it comes to our own eyesight and perceptions. Today I came across some of his experimental films (he has quite a few over the years) and was instantly hypnotized..they're all so brilliant and he uses a variety of techniques..and the colorrrrrrs!!!


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