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  Visions in meditation #1 (1989)

Other(s) author(s) : Brakhage, Stan, [zuzendari]Uniform titles : Visions in meditation #1.(16 minutu) : isila, kolorezIrudia (mugimenduan ; bidimentsiokoa): bideoaVisions in Meditation #1 (Filmaffinity) | Visions in Meditation #1 (IMDb) | Film osoa (isila) In : By Brakhage - [New York] : The criterion collection, copyrigth 2010
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The four parts of "Visions in Meditation", inspired by Gertrude Stein's "Stanzas in Meditation", are also travel films, shot on driving trips in the U.S. and Canada. Brakhage's most famous statement, from his 1963 book "Metaphors on Vision", imagines "an eye which doesnot respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception". In these films, Brakhage photographs objects potentially fraught with meaning in such a way as to underemphasize more obvious interpretations. There is a striking white house at the opening of "Visions in meditation #1" and a little boy playing in a yard near its end, but the identities of both are unknowable from the film itself, and, more importantly, the complex flows of light and rhythms across the film´s length tend to connect objects in ways that depend more on their form and on camera rhythms than on their identities. The polyphonic music of Bach and others was surely one inspiration. Repeated visual motifs here include rapid and jarring cuts, quick fades and zooms, changes in focus and light, and both jittery and very slow and gentle camera movement. And there is every variety of texture. All four films are organized around multiple repetitions of interpenetrating "themes", which gives them an extraordinarily complex flow, and a hugeness suggestive of the inclusiveness of a richly lived life and a deeply explored consciousness.

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