Visions in meditation #2 : (Mesa Verde) (1989)Other(s) author(s) : Brakhage, Stan, [zuzendari]Uniform titles : Visions in meditation #2 (Mesa Verde).(16 minutu) : isila, kolorezIrudia (mugimenduan ; bidimentsiokoa): bideoaVisions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (Filmaffinity) | Visions in Meditation #2: Mesa Verde (IMDb) | Film osoa (isila) In : By Brakhage - [New York] : The criterion collection, copyrigth 2010
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Visiting the famous Anasazi cliff dwellings in Colorado, abandoned about 1275, Brakhage thought, "There is a terror here." And so he returns again and again to those empty stone homes, panning around them, zooming in on them, obsessively trying to plumb their mysteries. Superimposing the dwellings on themselves creates moving layers of imagery, rendering them not as solidobjects but as a shifting consciousness might experience them, in a mix of direct looking, remembering, and imagining. Brakhage includes footage of an epileptic from an old movie, which seems somehow the perfect, if unexplainable, addition to the empty city.
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This meditation takes its visual imperatives from the occasion of Mesa Verde, which I came to see finally as a Time rather than any such solidity as Place. "There is a terror here," were the first words which came to mind on seeing these ruins; and for two days after, during all my photography, I was haunted by some unknown occurrence which reverberated still in these rocks and rock-structures and environs. I can no longer believe that the Indians abandoned this solid habitation because of drought, lack-of-water, somesuch. (These explanations do not, anyway, account for the fact that all memory of The Place, i.e., where it is, was eradicated from tribal memory, leaving only legend of a Time when such a place existed.) Midst the rhythms, then, of editing, I was compelled to introduce images which corroborate what the rocks said, and what the film strips seemed to say: The abandonment of Mesa Verde was an eventuality (rather than an event), was for All Time thus, and had been intrinsic from the first such human building.