Available Light #2
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
8:00 pm, Eyedrum

strips from "Mothlight" by Stan Brakhage, Courtesy of the Estate of Stan Brakhage and Fred Camper

On-Off brings together historic and new works in an exploration of how filmmakers have used light and its absence. In Chris Welsby’s intense Seven Days, described by critic Fred Camper as “a tour de force unlike anything cinema had yet seen,” stop-motion photography takes us through a week of wild, unpredictable weather in eighteen minutes. The movement of the sun and clouds across the sky determine the camera angle and what the viewer sees. In Hollis Frampton’s ingenious Lemon, light travels slowly over the surface of the title fruit, invoking the sun, the moon, and planetary movement. Keith Sanborn and Brian Frye explore times of day and states of being in their works. Sanborn’s For the Birds is an evocation of dawn, while Frye’s Lachrymae, filmed at dusk, uses the flickering of fireflies as its light source. In Stan Brakhage's notorious Mothlight, moth wings and leaves are pasted to the filmstrip itself, animating departed beings via projection.

A bonus part of the program will feature a brief tour of the "flicker" film.


For the Birds (Keith Sanborn, 2000), digital video, black & white, sound, 8 minutes
Mothlight (Stan Brakhage, 1963), 16mm, color, silent, 4 minutes
Seven Days (Chris Welsby, 1974), 16mm, color, sound, 18 minutes
The Or Cloud (Fred Worden, 2001), 16mm, black & white, silent, 7 minutes
glow in the dark (january-june) (Rebecca Meyers, 2002), 16mm, color, sound, 6 minutes
Song of the Firefly (Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, 2002), 35mm (projected on digital video), color, sound, 5 minutes
Lemon (Hollis Frampton, 1969), 16mm, color, silent, 8 minutes
Lachrymae (Brian Frye, 2000), 16mm, color, silent, 3 minutes

Arnulf Rainer (Peter Kubelka, 1958-60), 16mm, black & white, sound, 7 minutes
Piece Mandala/End War (Paul Sharits, 1966), 16mm, color, sound, 5 minutes
Psynk (Owen Plotkin, 2004), projected on DVD, black & white, sound, 6 minutes

still from Seven Days (Chris Welsby, 1974)
Courtesy of Chris Welsby and Fred Camper

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