Thursday, 15 October 2009

Stan Brakhage




For me the absence of sound in Stans work pushes emphasis toward the intricate beauty of the visual content, the illustrative manual practice of painting onto film and experimental shooting become much more intense and prominent without the corruption of a sound element.

The piece 'Window Water Baby Moving' was shot in 1959 and features his wife giving birth, it caused widespread outrage at the time and is still extremely shocking by todays standards. Something which would normally be considered as distressing and messy suddenly becomes beautiful, intimate and above all encapsulating due to the lack of audio. See it at the link below.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xe2gz_brakhage-window-water_shortfilms

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