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Guy Sherwin’s Man With Mirror: Cinema & Live Performance

Guy Sherwin’s Man With A Mirror is a unique hybrid of film and performance art, a cross-genre experimental piece which defies categorizations. The artwork consists of a filmed part of a man with a mirror in a park, and a live-action part of the same man (Guy Sherwin himself) with a similar mirror. The images […]

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Stan Brakhage: Mothlight, Death & Cinema Resurrection

Stan Brakhage’s Mothlight is an experimental testament to the broad interpretation of “anything” in Holis Frampton’s quote, “It seems that a film is anything that may be put in a projector that will modulate the emerging beam of light.” For Mothlight, Brakhage used dead moths, flowers, and glass in order to create an entirely camera-less […]

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Eric Weihenmayer’s BrainPort: the Blind Climber of Mount Everest Who Sees With His Tongue

Andrew Parker’s Light Switch Theory proposed vision and the eyes were the driving force of the great diversification of species during the Cambrian explosion. According to Lynne Isabell, the complex human vision is one of the reasons for the large human brain and superior intelligence. She postulated the intricate human visual system and the ability […]

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Visual Illusions: The McGurk Effect and How Your Senses Are Lying to You

Andrew Parker established vision as the driving force for the “explosion” of new life forms during the Cambrian period with his Light Switch Theory, which suggested the evolutionary importance of vision was initially the predator-prey relationship. Lynne Isabell proposed humans see better than any other species because of the evolutionary pressure of snakes. She concluded the complex human […]

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Hollis Frampton’s Nostalgia—The Question of Temporality

Hollis Frampton’s Nostalgia, officially stylized as (nostalgia) (both are used interchangeably here), is a playful examination of sound and vision, past and future, memory and temporality, perception and imagination. The movie consists of static shots of photographs burning on a stove with a voice-over narration explaining the photographs. The artistic “tension” of the movie is […]

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Hollis Frampton’s Lemon Analysis— The Nature of Film and Vision

Hollis Frampton’s Lemon (1969) examines the nature of vision, illusion, spatiality, and film. Unlike Frampton’s Nostalgia, Lemon is silent. It is a minimalist movie, in which a single static shot of a lemon continually changing in appearance as the light on screen changes. The film is thematically similar to Frampton’s Poetic Justice, which also examines […]

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Light Switch Theory—Andrew Parker and the Evolution of Eyes “In The Blink of an Eye”

Eyes first appeared approximately 543 million years ago during the Cambrian period—the geological period that marks the rapid increase in biodiversity. According to Andrew Parker’s Light  Switch Theory, vision is key for the understanding of the Cambrian. The reason for the so-called “Cambrian explosion”—because life suddenly “exploded”—has been studied extensively, including by Charles Darwin who […]

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The Human Eye and the Evolution of Vision—”The Fruit, The Tree, and The Serpent” by Lynne Isabell

Although Michael Haneke may disagree, cinema is a visual art first and foremost. As such, the theme of visual perception and the human eye is widely explored in movies, such as Michael Snow’s Wavelength. The highly complex vision is one of the distinctive features of humans. As anthropology, paleontology, and natural selection have proven, the […]

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Michael Snow’s Wavelength—an Exploration of Vision, Perception, and Film

Michael Snow’s Wavelength is one of the cult experimental movies that transcend definitions. The 45-minute film consists of a static and gradual zoom-in shot inside of a studio loft, with the camera fixed at one side of the loft, and finishing with the close-up of a photograph hanging on the wall on the opposite side […]