Posts Tagged ‘Moon Poem’

“Lunar” (Video Art, 2004)

Friday, December 24th, 2004

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Video poem of the moon. First screened as part of Scenes From the Aro Valley, curated by Campbell Walker (Paramount Theatre, Wellington, 20-23 April, 2006). Also featuring films by Colin Hodson, Alex Greenhough, Elric Kane, Diane McAllen, Andy Chappell and Campbell Walker. Part of a suite of videos made in 2004.

Five experimental shorts in about 7 minutes by Richard (Dick) Whyte, among other things a ghost in the margins of almost all the Aro Valley films, and possibly the least known and most active filmmaker involved with the movement.” (Campbell Walker, Scenes from the Aro Valley programme notes)

“[Sergei] Eisenstein, we recall, championed the use of ‘montage’ theory in film. Here film communicated by a succession of juxtaposed images that did not need to have a linear, narrative or consequential relationship between them. Shot ‘A’ followed by shot ‘B’ created a new meaning ‘C’ in the mind of the viewer. Eisenstein likened this to ‘haiku’ – a traditional Japanese poetic form in which a short succession of separate images combines in the mind of the reader to create a total meaning which is greater than the sum of its component parts. In this way, meaning is suggested rather than stated. Eisenstein hoped to communicate specific meanings, but in the haiku… the implication is far more abstract.” (Richard Howells, Visual Culture)

“Maya Deren had attempted to find a filmic equivalent to the haiku shortly before her death. She left the project incomplete. [Stan] Brakhage too used the analogy to the haiku in discussing his 8mm Songs. By including the two haiku series in Lost, Lost, Lost [Jonas] Mekas contextualized them as steps in the development of his poetic incarnation as a film-maker.” (P. Adams Sitney, Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson)

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“After Many Moons” (Video Art, 2004)

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

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Experimental short made on miniDV in 2004, with music by Nova Scotia. First screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival with Joy of Life (various venues, Auckland/Wellington/Christchurch, 2006). Subsequently screened at the Cinema Ascension Festival, curated by Eve Gordon and Sam Hamilton (Wine Cellar, Auckland, 6-8 December, 2006). Also featuring films by Campbell Kneale, Stefan Neville, Oskar Fischinger, Marcel Duchamp, Ralph Steiner, Kim Pieters and Rosy Parlane (among others). Part of a suite of videos made in 2004 See more of my films on Vimeo.

“A moody celebration of the moon set to music by Wellington experimental musicians Nova Scotia.” (NZ International Film Festival)

“3 nights of explorative film and transitory cinema… Forget about popcorn and prepare to open up your taste buds to the outer limits of cinematic experience. Expanded celluloid experiments to pixellated digital escapism, ephemeral archival footage to temporal performative projection that will stimulate even the most lethargic of imaginations into ecstatic overload!” (Cinema Ascension Festival)

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