Star Water Spiral
June 14 /2015
These three film essays examine in a beautiful, hypnotic and poetic way some core elements – some basic building materials – which keep us spinning and existing on this strange planet.
MUKTIKARA Jeanne LIOTTA
(USA / 1999/ !6mm / 11 mins)
From the Sanskrit, “gentle gazing brings liberation” the title is also the name of the particular body of water which is the image-subject of the film. A silent Super 8 meditation. Landscape as inscape. not inertly present but beckoning an active perception; a seeing and a seeing into.
SPIRAL JETTY Robert Smithson
(USA / 1970 / 16mm / 35mins)
Smithson’s spiral of basalt rocks, mud, and salt crystals juts out from the shore and coils dramatically into luminous red water. This film documents the making of this earthwork, which has attained near-mythic status as it has disappeared and then re-emerged from the lake over the past decades. A voiceover by Smithson illuminates the ideas and processes that informed the evolution of the work, with allusions to prehistoric relics and radical notions of space, scale and landscape. Poetic and oddly hypnotic, the film includes aerial footage of Smithson running along the length of the glowing spiral in what seems like an ecstatic ritual.
“As I looked at the site, it reverberated out to the horizons only to suggest an immobile cyclone while flickering light made the entire landscape appear as a quake. A dormant earthquake spread into the fluttering stillness”
OBSERVANDO EL CIELO Jeanne LIOTTA
(USA / 2007 / 16 mm / 19mins )
“Seven years of celestial field recordings gathered from the chaos of the cosmos and inscribed onto 16mm film from various locations upon this turning tripod Earth. This work is neither a metaphor nor a symbol, but is feeling towards a fact in the midst of perception, which time flows through. Natural VLF radio recordings of the magnetosphere in action allow the universe to speak for itself.” JL.