Visions in mediation #3 : (Plato´s Cave) (1990)Other(s) author(s) : Brakhage, Stan, [zuzendari]Uniform titles : Visions in Meditation #3 (Plato´s Cave).(17 minutu) : soinua, kolorezIrudia (mugimenduan ; bidimentsiokoa): bideoaVisions in Meditation #3: Plato's Cave (Filmaffinity) | Visions in Meditation #3: Plato's Cave (IMDb) | Film osoa (hizketarik gabe) In : By Brakhage - [New York] : The criterion collection, copyrigth 2010
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Brakhage begins here with Carlsbad Caverns as a stand-in for Plato´s cave and the esponds to the philosopher´s notion of inaccessible ideal forms by seeking out imagery that evokes worlds we cannot see. The caves themselves seem mysterious and only partly accessible; a church steeple points toward the heavens; the sun is only barely visible behind clouds. In film´s "climatic" sequence, a small tornado is visble only through swirling dust patterns. Brakhage had long objected to music in films, on the grounds that the rhythm of sound dominates that of picture, nut late in life he found ways of collaborating with conposer friends that permitted image and music to occupy their own spaces, including in this film, where Rick Corrigan´s sparse music adds a layer of mystery.
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Plato's cave would seem to be the idee fixe of this film. The vortex would, then, be the phenomenological world - overwhelming, and thus "uninhabitable." The structures of thoughtful meditation are naturally, therefore, equivocal so that, for example, even a tornado-in-the-making will be both “dust devil” and “finger of God” at one with the clock-work sun and the strands of ice/fire, horizon, rock, clouds, so on. The film is, I believe, a vision of mentality as most people must (to the irritation of Plato) have it, safely encaved and metaphorical, for the nervous system to survive. All the same, I hope, with this work, to have brought a little “rush light” into the darkness. The film is set to the three movements of Rick Corrigan’s “Memory Suite.” Its multiple superimpositions are superbly timed by Louise Fujiki, of Western Cine, as usual.