- Stan Brakhage |
- 1976 |
- 6.5 minutes |
- COLOR |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
Super 8 Films
The following films were all made in 1976. I do not wish to describe them.
When I entered films in the Experimental Film Competition of the 1958 World's Fair, I included the following statement in protest to their demand for "summary of the subject" (description). I've finally got around to reading my own statement and taking it seriously. In 1958 I did provide descriptions of each film entered - my only mistake.
Now I simply quote the clarity of that long ago protest, finally comprehended:
"I want it understood that this 'summary' is written for identification purposes only and that it is not intended as a statement by the artist on his work. It is my belief that statements by the artist, particularly in print, aesthetically speaking, would better have been included in that work in the first place.
"If a film is a work of moving visual art, it is its own subject and subject only to itself. The extent to which a film can be described is the extent to which it is deficient as a work of visual art. If the 'summary of the subject' of a film can be interpreted as that which is intended to inspire perception in the viewer, rather than as that which attempts to describe the film for the viewer, then (the title) is my 'summary of the subject.'"
Note: Films are for sale in 16mm.