Folksonomy | In The Mind is a structured repository of digital culture and creative practice. en-au Creative Commons License: (cc), Simon Perkins Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:48:07 +1000 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:48:07 +1000 Constellations 2.0 60 Pinscreen animation Mindscape by Jacques Drouin A particularly creative example of the pinscreen animation technique this film is about an artist who steps inside his painting and wanders about in a landscape peopled with symbols that trigger unexpected associations Film without words Mindscape by Jacques Drouin 1976 7mins 31s Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:48:07 +1000 A portal to the underworld in Jean Cocteau s Orph eacute e 1950 Jean Cocteau s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet Jean Marais scorned by the Left Bank youth and his love for both his wife Eurydice Marie D eacute a and a mysterious princess Maria Casar egrave s Seeking inspiration the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead through Cocteau s famous mirrored portal Orpheus s peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling represent the legendary Cocteau at the height of his powers The Criterion Collection Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:36:52 +1000 Influential American experimental cinema Meshes of the Afternoon Meshes of the Afternoon is one of the most influential works in American experimental cinema A non ndash narrative work it has been identified as a key example of the trance film in which a protagonist appears in a dreamlike state and where the camera conveys his or her subjective focus The central figure in Meshes of the Afternoon played by Deren is attuned to her unconscious mind and caught in a web of dream events that spill over into reality Symbolic objects such as a key and a knife recur throughout the film events are open ndash ended and interrupted Deren explained that she wanted to put on film the feeling which a human being experiences about an incident rather than to record the incident accurately Made by Deren with her husband cinematographer Alexander Hammid Meshes of the Afternoon established the independent avant ndash garde movement in film in the United States which is known as the New American Cinema It directly inspired early works by Kenneth Anger Stan Brakhage and other major experimental filmmakers Beautifully shot by Hammid a leading documentary filmmaker and cameraman in Europe where he used the surname Hackenschmied before he moved to New York the film makes new and startling use of such standard cinematic devices as montage editing and matte shots Through her extensive writings lectures and films Deren became the preeminent voice of avant ndash garde cinema in the 1940s and the early 1950s MoMA 2004 The Museum of Modern Art MoMA Highlights New York The Museum of Modern Art revised 2004 originally published 1999 Maya Deren 1943 Meshes of the Afternoon 16mm film black and white silent 14 min Acquired from the Artist Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:44:00 +1000 Te Wei s The Buffalo Boy and his Flute A young boy who likes to play the flute dreams that he has lost his water buffalo IMDb Sat, 27 Oct 2012 11:03:11 +1000 Jane Campion A Girl s Own Story short film Jane Campion has been a dominant force in world cinema for nearly two decades Shot delicately in black ndash and ndash white A Girl s Own Story is an early short film that traces the stories of three suburban teenage girls Pam Gloria and Stella in 1960 s Australia It deals with the difficulties of burgeoning sexuality incest friendship and family against the backdrop of Beatlemania and an era that valued the isolating notions of purity and wholesomeness over honesty and acceptance Anton de Lonno 11 July 2010 Senses of Cinema Sun, 05 Aug 2012 13:58:55 +1000 Jean Cocteau la Belle et la B ecirc te La lumi egrave re brillante et surnaturelle qui avait domin eacute toute la sc egrave ne du ch acirc teau flamme des chandeliers feu reflets eacute tincelants de l argenterie s estompe pour laisser la place agrave la lumi egrave re naturelle du jour plan 9 9 Ces rayons lumineux rappellent ceux des derni egrave res gravures de la Belle au vois dormant D autant plus que cette lumi egrave re naturelle n est pas l eacute gitim eacute e par la pr eacute sence d une fen ecirc tre comme c est le cas chez Dor eacute C est une lumi egrave re naturelle la lumi egrave re du jour mais elle semble toujours eacute clairer le personnage de mani egrave re surnaturelle comment la lumi egrave re ext eacute rieure peut ndash elle p eacute n eacute trer agrave l int eacute rieur sans la pr eacute sence d aucune fen ecirc tre Les flambeaux s eacute teignent un agrave un le personnage traverse un grand pan de lumi egrave re blanche la porte se referme toute seule l escalier appara icirc t en plong eacute e la sc egrave ne semble se rejouer agrave l envers ce qui souligne la structure circulaire et la cl ocirc ture de la s eacute quence mais aussi l influence de l oelig uvre de Gustave Dor eacute Le dialogue des contes et des illustrations se poursuit jusqu agrave la derni egrave re image de la s eacute quence puisqu elle se termine sur les ronces qui envahissent l escalier du ch acirc teau de la B ecirc te comme celles qui envahissent les gravures du ch acirc teau de la Belle au bois dormant Estelle Plaisant Soler 26 juin 2006 Fig 1 Jean Cocteau 1946 la Belle et la B ecirc te 2 PDF of 100 Cult Films Screen Guides Tue, 13 Mar 2012 10:08:23 +1000 Wild Strawberries expressionistic and Freudian dream sequences There are other Expressionist and certainly Freudian dream sequences in the picture almost always with the old man appearing in them as his present self And some of these largely because so many have badly copied now look a little self ndash conscious ndash arty even But the film s ability to engage the emotions makes it notable for more than just technique One of the prime reasons is what can only be described as the transcendent performance of Victor Sjostrom as Professor Borg Sjostrom was the great Swedish silent ndash era director who died aged 80 not long after the film was completed and whose The Phantom Carriage had so influenced Bergman It was he who made the final scene one of the most serene of all Bergman s endings Sjostrom s face shone said the director It emanated light ndash a reflection of a different reality hitherto absent His whole appearance was soft and gentle his glance joyful and tender It was like a miracle Later Bergman admitted that the character of Borg was an attempt to justify himself to his own parents but that Sjostrom had taken his text made it his own and invested it with Sjostrom s often painful experiences It is still however chiefly concerned with forgiveness between parents and children and the lost possibilities of youth Derek Malcolm 10 June 1999 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 21:48:00 +1000 What Dreams May Come imagining a painted world through vfx Ward s What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams was nominated for production design in addition to winning an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects The film tells an epic love story of soul mates separated by death The story would inspire Ward to envision the afterlife as a painted world incorporating state ndash of ndash the ndash art adapted and entirely new visual effects technologies in an original fully articulated filmic view of imagined realms that may await us after death Saville Productions Mon, 12 Mar 2012 20:43:22 +1000 Un Chien Andalou a masterpiece of surrealist cinema Acclaimed as a surrealist masterpiece Un Chien andalou aggressively disconnects itself from narrative flow The creators of this short film Luis Bu ntilde uel and Salvador Dal iacute fully intended there to be no links between successive scenes Fortunately this didn t inhibit their dreaming up of some of the most striking moments ever to be projected upon the silver screen The opening focuses on a man Luis Bu ntilde uel stropping his cut ndash throat razor honing it to a perfect edge Stepping onto the balcony he gazes at the moon This celestial orb is instantly replaced with a woman and enlarging rapidly her left eye The bare blade then descends on her unprotected pupil a graphic incident Designed to shock which it still does almost 70 years later quick editing removes the image before it has time to fully sink in Suddenly the viewer is faced with a nun ndash like figure weaving uncertainly down the road on a bicycle There is no bridge to the previous horror although this mysterious person does provide a number of objects which resurface at odd intervals Later there is the unusual sight of a man Robert Hommet hauling two grand pianos each stuffed with the putrefying remains of a donkey as he trudges towards a cowering woman Simone Mareuil He is also unfortunate enough to have a hole in his hand where the ants live None of this is significant A marvellous aspect of something as wilfully bizarre as Un Chien andalou is that almost any interpretation can be drawn from the images shown Perhaps every single scene is random and unconcerned with any other although Bu ntilde uel certainly seems to have included items which are present throughout the film In some ways the repeated glimpses of these things in situations where they shouldn t be adds to the confused feel enhanced by the off ndash putting and nonsensical time ndash markers deployed The eternal themes of life death lust and love are thrown up at various points although there is no framework on which to attach these emotions This is of no consequence though as Bu ntilde uel has already hurried onto the next sequence violently cutting so that the desired woman becomes naked in a flash ndash a picture of what are ardent suitor really sees Un Chien andalou does not require such deep analysis though being much more a film which should be purely experienced It achieves that which Bu ntilde uel and Dal iacute aimed for and with a live music accompaniment is unstoppable Damian Cannon 1997 Fig 1 Luis Bu ntilde uel and Salvador Dal iacute 1929 Un Chien andalou Sun, 02 Oct 2011 14:16:19 +1000 Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari The Cabinet of Dr Caligari The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is the first modern Horror Film and it influence a number of contemporary productions Robert Wiene 1920 Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Sun, 02 Oct 2011 13:04:35 +1000 Inception zero gravity fight scene Fig 1 amp 2 Christopher Nolan 2010 Inception Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:59:02 +1000 Wild Strawberries falling backwards through memories Ingmar Bergman s restless mind wouldn t even leave him to rest during a brief hospital stay which is where he wrote the script for one of his earliest forays into the nature of age memory and self ndash reflection The core of the film had come to him the previous year while driving through his old hometown of Uppsala past his grandmother s house His fertile imagination wondered how it might be if he could open the door and step back into his own childhood and from this kernel grew Wild Strawberries In Swedish the title of Smultronst auml llet has deeper meaning than just referring to a wild strawberry patch it has a colloquial sense of a place invested with personal or sentimental value often undervalued until it returns to memory in a nostalgic fashion Which is precisely what the lead character of Isak Borg experiences throughout the film falling backwards through his memories attempting to make sense of his life in his final years It s not an unusual thing for a Bergman film to be filled with casual slips between reality and dreams memories or to be populated with characters whose role is to aid our protagonist on his her internal quest but the lead character is not what we might envision in Bergman s work Isak Borg is not a cruel man but his self ndash centred cynicism and rampant egotism set him apart from the majority of other Bergman leads But he needs to be such a vaguely unlikable character for the audience to experience the full impact of his self ndash realisation dragged through a series of memories and forced to confront his continuing failures and inadequacies A loveable upright character would not have been able to supply so much powerful redemption in the final reel Craig Andrews Media Resource Centre Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:15:18 +1000 World Enclosed And Recursive i World i is one of my recent projects exploring aspects of enclosed and recursive worlds The inspiration for the project draws on the design of a class adash href http star arm ac uk history instruments Glikerson ndash orrery html target blank orreries a a class adash href http abyss uoregon edu js glossary ptolemy html target blank Ptolemic a science dreams of flying and the work of Constantin Brancusi Andy Love Thu, 11 May 2006 00:45:58 +1000 Lived Space Transcend The Rules Of Geometry Juhani Pallasmaa Helsinki Universiy of Technology Houses are built in the world of Euclidian geometry but lived space always transcends the rules of geometry Architecture structures and 39 tames 39 meaningless Euclidian space for human habitation by inserting into it existential meanings Lived space resembles the structures of dream and the unconscious organised independently of the boundaries of physical space and time Lived space is always a combination of external space and inner mental space actuality and mental projection In experiencing lived space memory and dream fear and desire value and meaning fuse with the actual perception Lived space is space that is inseparably integrated with the subject 39 s concurrent life situation We do not live separately in material and mental worlds these experiential dimensions are fully intertwined Neither do we live in an objective world We live in mental worlds in which the experienced remembered and imagined as well as the past present and future are inseparably intermixed 39 Who are we who is each one of us if not a combinatoria of experiences information books we have read things imagined 39 Italo Calvino asks and continues 39 Each life is an encyclopedia a library an inventory of objects a series of styles and everything can be constantly shuffled and reordered in every way conceivable 39 Thu, 12 May 2005 12:49:24 +1000 Deleuze Actual And Virtual The crystal ndash image has these two aspects internal limit of all the relative circuits but also outer ndash most variable and reshapable envelope at the edges of the world beyond even moments of world The little crystalline seed and the vast crystallizable universe everything is included in the capacity for expansion of the collection constituted by the seed and the universe Memories dreams even worlds are only apparent relative circuits which depend on the variations of this Whole They are degrees or modes of actualization which are spread out between these two extremes of the actual and the virtual the actual and its virtual on the small circuit expanding virtualities in the deep circuits And it is from the inside that the small internal circuit makes contact with the deep ones directly through the merely relative circuits What constitutes the crystal ndash image is the most fundamental operation of time since the past is constituted not after the present that it was but at the same time time has to split itself in two at each moment as present and past which differ from each other in nature or what amounts to the same thing it has to split the present in two heterogeneous directions one of which is launched towards the future while the other falls into the past Time has to split at the same time as it sets itself out or unrolls itself it splits in two dissymmetrical jets one of which makes all the present pass on while the other preserves all the past Time consists of this split and it is this it is time that we see in the crystal The crystal ndash image was not time but we see time in the crystal We see in the crystal the perpetual foundation of time non ndash chronological time Cronos and not Chronos This is the powerful non ndash organic Life which grips the world Gilles Deleuze p 80 ndash 81 1989 Gilles Deleuze 1989 Cinema 2 The Time Image University of Minnesota Press Fri, 02 Jan 2004 09:10:32 +1000