“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.” - Roland Barthes Marcel Proust turns away. His head is facing straight to one side but is not quite distant either. It could be considered a picture in profile if not for the angle of … Continue reading Marcel Proust Turns Away
Time is Maya Deren's raw material. Though it could be argued that temporality is the material of all filmmakers to some extent, there's something about Deren's short work that captures a very earnest questioning of time passing and even as an unseen character of sorts. Like Andrei Tarkovsky, Deren used time to map the questioning … Continue reading Shadow-Time in Ritual In Transfigured Time (1946, Maya Deren)
There exist volumes of academic research and work surrounding the role of repetition in religious and cultural practices. Repeated actions of any type, creating an easily recognisable mimesis, seems almost an aesthetic by-word for a normalised analytical framework of cultural activities, especially musically. From prayer to mantra, the idea of repetition is stretched to form … Continue reading Repetition And Occultism Of Invocation Of My Demon Brother (1969) – Kenneth Anger.