In arguably his greatest film, Lye reduces the medium to its most basic elements by scratching designs on black film…and synchroniz[ing] the images to traditional African music (a field tape of the Bagirmi tribe).
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I like that we have the odd short film - I don't see that many usually and it also gives me a chance to catch up!
Love this and it works well to jazz.
As a kiwi I should plump for this being described as a New Zealand film (but shan't argue).
His sculptures are great as well.
A true NZ icon.
I love the fact that in order to do a film, you don't even need to have a film camera. How brilliant is that? Loved his films. I saw 3D animations popping into my head. It was so groundbreaking for me to watch this film and to discover even more possibilities within this seemless finite medium.
This is the ecstatic essence/expression of the universe, that we all know, even if we don't all know that we know. This is the shit Rumi wrote about (& that no one but poets can put into anything so limiting as words) Resists representation; no signifier/signified. Dance, maybe; but that's just another kind of poetry.. Almost makes it possible to believe for a sec that some 'consciousness shift' really could save us!
If the first Len Lye films were too obvious in their creation, with images littered with identical stamps, I have absolutely no idea how he did this. The illusion of 3D depth using 2D animation seems like a given now, revealing its core is mind-boggling.