Thursday, April 21, 2005

Promiscuous Cinema

Program 1: The Inscribed Gesture of Thought, Stan Brakhage Films and Robert Grenier Poetry

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Call it calligraphy or cacography, our program of the hand-painted films of Stan Brakhage and inscribed poetry of Robert Grenier will engage and even delight lovers of the complex interaction of painting, film and language. Tonight’s event explores both the influence of the Abstract Expressionist and Action painters on Brakhage’s art and the introduction of gesture into writing through the work of Grenier’s drawn poetry. Films to be screened include Thigh Line Lyre Triangular, Chinese Series, Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse, Rage Net, and First Hymn to the Night – Novalis. Grenier will present slides of his notebook poems and guide the audience as we literally relearn to read his haiku-like inscriptions. (Konrad Steiner)