Sunday, February 12, 2006

Activating the Medium

Visual Noises: Sound Films by Stan Brakhage

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in Association with The Ninth Annual Activating the Medium Festival.

In his development of myriad radical cinematic languages over his long filmmaking career, Stan Brakhage frequently promoted a profound aesthetics which frequently positioned intense silences as ground for his complex and subtle visual compositions. In his interest in non-verbal expression, he was greatly inspired by music and his rare forays into sound filmmaking stand as some of the most unique sound/image statements in the history of cinema. Tonight’s program presents a survey of this work, including Boulder Blues and Pearls and…, Fire of Waters, Christ Mass Sex Dance, Crack Glass Eulogy, Kindering, (…) (Reel 5), and Passage Through (A Ritual). (Steve Polta)