Experimental Response Cinema and the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz are excited to present a very special screening of Stan Brakhage’s The Art of Vision! Rarely screened, The Art of Vision is Brakhage’s longest work, in an oeuvre that spans over 300 films. Titled after Bach’s The Art of the Fugue, The Art of Vision is a “full extension of the singularly visible themes” of Brakhage’s own Dog Star Man. Newly restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, come see the film which the poet Robert Kelly said was “…a new continent of the eye’s sway. Mind at the mercy of the eye at last.”
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
All stills courtesy the Estate of Stan Brakhage and Fred Camper www.fredcamper.com
The Art of Vision
270 min / 16mm / silent / 1961-1965
“The Art of Vision includes the complete Dog Star Man and is a full extension of the singularly visible themes of it. Inspired by that period of music in which the word symphonia was created and by the thought that the term, as then, was created to name the overlap and enmeshing of suites, this film presents the visual symphony that Dog Star Man can be seen as and also all the suites of which it is composed. But as it is a film, not work of music, the above suggests only one of the possible approaches to it. For instance, as “cinematographer,” at source, means “writer of movement” certain poetic analogies might serve as well. The form is conditioned by the works of arts which have inspired Dog Star Man, its growth of form by the physiology and experiences (including experiences of art) of the man who made it. Finally it must be seen for what it is.” – Stan Brakhage
Also, remember to check out this essay by preeminent Brakhage scholar Fred Camper! You can also check out this video below of Brakhage talking about The Art of Vision during one of his legendary Sunday Salons! Special thanks to Phil Solomon for sharing this video with us!