This is a short film that, although a documentary in appearance, has very little to do with the generic conventions of that form. It would seem, then, that what we have here is the embryo of what he was subsequently to call the ’’elementary’’: an abstract or lyrical modality in the perception and exposition of the real.
The film opens with a succession of views of the monumental complex of the Alhambra. Moving through the gardens and the architecture with its coffered ceilings, the camera repeatedly lingers over the fountains and the ripples of the water; the pools, with their fish and water lilies; the trembling inverted reflections created by the ceaseless play of light on water. –valdelomar.com
José Val del Omar (Granada 1904 – Madrid 1982). With an extraordinary artistic and technological talent, Val del Omar was a ‘’believer in cinema’’ inspired by new horizons that he formulated in the term PLAT – representing the totalizing concept of a ‘’Picto-Luminic-Audio-Tactile’’ art – apart from being a contemporary and a comrade of Lorca, Cernuda, Renau, Zambrano and other figures of a Silver Age of the Spanish culture, interrupted by the Civil War. In 1928 he anticipated various of his most characteristic techniques, including the ‘’apanoramic overflow of the image’’ beyond the limits of the screen, and the concept of ‘’tactile vision’‘. These techniques. and those of ’’diaphonic sound’’ and other explorations in the field of electro-acoustics, would be applied in his Tríptico Elemental de España [Elementary Tryptich of Spain], begun in 1953 and only finished after his death. His work and tenacious research activity – quite against any tendency of misunderstanding and forgetfulness… read more