A “false translation” of the 1,000 year old Book of Optics, which debunks theories that the eyes emit rays, or that objects project replicas of themselves, and accurately describes the strengths and weaknesses of human vision.
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The movement of images as art. This short film is reminiscent of Sylvia Schedelbauer's short "Sea of Vapors." I was sure I'd be aggravated by the strobe effect but it actually accentuates the dreamy aesthetic.
It was short, under 4 minutes on my viewer. The visual art in this film and yesterdays really raise hope for the future of experimental avant garde shorts. It almost resembles psychedelia. Again, it provided accessibility in ways that many experimental films do not. Fantastic...
The Book of Optics is some weird and fascinating shit. You should check it out. Maybe once the strobe-headache wears off, and that offensively lacklustre sound design has faded from audial memory. A few interesting visuals, if you can withstand the irritation, but mostly a disappointing bore.
The strobing effect is well edited to the drum beats. Hell to watch if you have migraines or seizures, but the strobing does work as a good animation device to bring the found footage to life. Music is appropriately hypnotic.
I like the theory, I'm not sure about the film but it should definitely come with an epilepsy warning. I'm not epileptic but since Mubi seems keen to show 4 minute avant-garde sequences a lot of late they should serious consider labelling the problematic ones.
In just 4 minutes, it made me wonder if I am the kind of person that could suffer epileptic episodes just by watching tv (apparently not). Also, why all art movies have thrilling spooky music, is it a must?