A Networkological Film . . .
While I was waiting for readers to return the last version of the book manuscript to me, I took the month of November and used this to make a short film. I’ve shown it to many close friends and colleagues, but forgot to post it on this blog. It’s a first attempt to put some of the ideas espoused on this blog into visual format. Anyway, here it is.
Set to a song from Catherine Wheel’s 1992 album Ferment, this short film/music video of the same name explores the textures of the natural world by means of the potentials for revisioning allowed by digital editing software.
Viewing visual experience as raw material for cinematic worldslicing, this short film works to recast various aspects of the natural world in order to create an affectscape which can be unleashed from natural objects means of various digital tools. Branches become wires of fire, rusted pipes become throbbing planets, and tree stumps become lunar landscapes in a symphonic structure whose interweaving is a counterpoint to the music’s insistent call for ‘more texture.’
In the process, the domestic enclosure of the home is blasted apart by clashes of textural forces, pitting verdant green against wintery grey, natural colors against artificial hues, and familiar forms of vision against those which can be produced by non-standard angles, speeds, magnifications, filterings, layerings, and more.
Inspired by the films of Stan Brackhage, Andrei Tarkovsky, Pier Paulo Pasolini, and the philosophy of cinema of Gilles Deleuze, this short film is a first attempt to put into practice some of the ideas described in my manifesto for film/video called Towards a Cinema of Affects.