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Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 6

Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 6
On the Structural Use of Sound
 Robert Bresson - on his own film practice said,

"sound, because of its greater realism, is infinitely more evocative than an image, which is essentially only a stylization of visual reality. "A sound always evokes an image; an image never evokes a sound...that he replaces an image with a sound whenever possible, thus remaining completely faithful to the principle of maximum bareness and spareness underlying his creative method." (p90)

Gregory Markopoulos - Twice a Man

Gregory Markopoulos - Sorrows

Agnes Varda's La Pointe course 
Part 1

Orson Welles in his Othello (1952) 
- Part 1

Mizoguchi's The Crucified Lovers Part 7/7

Mizoguchi's The Crucified Lovers


Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 4

Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 4 - The Repertory of Simple Structures

EXAMPLES Alain Resnais - Marienbad (1961)

Partial Opening scene excerpt with english subtitles
Full film youtube link:

See also information at criterion collection - also short excerpt
Filmmakers listed L'Herbier, Gregory Markopoulos, Eisenstein, Romm - Boule de suif, Germaine Duluc, Jean Epstein, Abel Gance, Marcel L'Herbier
L'Herbier - El Dorado sharp focus v soft focus
Eisenstein, Dovzhenko, Romm, Boris Barnett
Yasujiro Ozu - The Only Son Excerpt
see also: Excerpt

Alain Resnais - Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
Georges Melies - Le voyage dans la lune (1902) - hand coloured
Le papillon fantastique (1909) - Georges Méliès
Abel Gance Napolean Excerpts with commentary
Three screen excerpt youtube
Resnais - Night and Fog Part 1/3 excerpt Part 2/3:

Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 3

Chapter 3 - Editing as a Plastic Art

Films and filmmakers dicussed in chapter 3

Sergei Eisenstein - The Battleship Potemkin - Odessa Steps sequence

Sergei Eisenstein - The General Line - Religious Procession scene

Sergei Eisenstein - Ivan the Terrible 

Cubism Artist: Juan Gris

Godard's Breathless

Rouben Mamoulia Applause (1929)

Bresson Pickpocket 

AntonioniLa Notte

Orson Welles Othello

Filmmakers references: 

Sam Fuller's films, Abel Gance, Germaine Dulac, Jean Epstein, Marcel L'Herbie, Godard, Resnais, 
Hanoun, Juan-Antonio Bardem

Michael Cacovannis
Woman in Black, 1956, by Michael Cacoyannis


Akira Kurosawa High and Low (1963) - Excerpt

Mikhail Romm Boule de suif  (1934) - Excerpt


Peter Kogler - Installation - Vienna

Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, 2010

View video excerpt on his website at:

"Kogler's oeuvre is dominated by the increasing virtualization of our living space. His main motif is the ant, with its symmetrical ornamental body in its organized labyrinth-living."

 Youtube embed of Schirn Kunsthalle

"The Austrian multimedia artist Peter Kogler is a pioneer computer-generated art. With an impressive 360-degree multi-projection of the two-time documenta participant in the Schirn creates an illusionistic space by 12 projectors who commandeers the viewer completely. Lines of a uniform grid lose their fixed coordinates and stretch out into a play of amor-pher figures. All elements are projected in a per-manent transformation of their specific structure and bring the room to vibrate visually. In the vibration of the room sound mix elements of sound artist Franz Pomassl. The sound produced by home-made ​​devices and instrument…

Rod Maclachlan - Aftertime

Rod Maclachlan - live visuals for music performance

stunning, dramatic visuals

Aftertime ~ Roly Porter with Cynthia Miller. Visuals by Rod Maclachlan. Live at Faster Than Sound from Rod Maclachlan on Vimeo.

"A edited excerpt from a live performance of Aftertime the debut album from Roly Porter (Vex'd) featuring Cynthia Miller on Ondes Martenot. Filmed at The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings as part of Faster Than Sound, 29/10/11. Visuals conjured live by Rod Maclachlan using cameras focused on plants, smoke, rotating coal along with sound reactive dust shaker and dark water contraptions. Video feedback created using video mixers."
vimeo description:

Enchanted Forest - Animated Wallpaper Installation

Enchanted Forest
What a really interesting project - An animated wallpaper installation.
A collaboration between surface designer Natasha Lawless and Antivj label visual artist Joanie Lemercier.

View on Vimeo

The Enchanted Forest from Natasha Lawless Design on Vimeo.

Information from website:

"This is a prototype for an animated wallpaper installation as part of Natasha's ongoing 'Captivate Project' in collaboration with Joanie Lemercier. The piece is inspired by Natasha's favourite Grimm’s fairy tale, ‘The shoes that were danced into holes’ which tells the tale of twelve sisters who descend each night to the underworld, to dance amongst avenues of trees with silver, gold and diamond leaves. 

Designed as a full four-way repeat and intended for a large scale setting, 'The Enchanted Forest' captivates the viewer, creating a meditative atmosphere, as the forest of diamond leaves lights up, as if by magic. The work is a dialogue between illusion and reality. It…

Staub Leben - Live reactive environment.

Arístides García Staub Leben - Live reactive environment This is quite incredible - in its drama, and visual impact and performance.
 Staub Leben Vimeo Link

Staub Leben from lasal on Vimeo.
Credits for project on vimeo link

 "UdK Berlin, Intermediales Bewegungslabor. Campus-Kollision, Januar 2012, HZT-Uferstudios. Prof. Nik Haffner: Projektleitung. Arístides García: Projektleitung, Konzept, Programmierung. Nikola Pieper: Technische Leitung. Körper: Emilia Pfohl, Marine Bertrand, Hanne Müller, Marieke Hohberge, Swann Nowak. Juan Gabriel Harcha : Tanzer. Hannes Mück : Kamera."

Arístides García - website link

Roy Lichtenstein’s Three Landscapes

View (shaky) excerpt on youtube - but you get the idea of how magnificent the imagery and the relationship between each screen in the installation.

"Three Landscapes, a little-known triple screen film installation by Roy Lichtenstein, unseen since its showing at the Los Angeles County Museum in 1971 as part of the groundbreaking exhibition Art and Technology. The result of a short residency at Universal Studios in Hollywood, the films, newly restored by the Whitney on their original 35mm format, are testimony to Lichtenstein’s experimentation with form and his fascination with cinema."
Source: youtube excerpt description from above

Currently showing (January 2012) at Whitney Museum of American Art
Quote review by Maika Pollack from this website below
"An installation of three silent, one-minute films byRoy Lichtensteingives a rare glimpse into the Pop artist’s experiments in…

Fernand Léger - Ballet Méchanique - 1924

Fernand Léger - Ballet Méchanique - 1924

Love this film, and the George Antheil score View on youtube

Music by George Antheil. Film by Fernand Leger and Dudley Murphey.

From youtube posting quoted here

"Performed on May 8th 1989 at The Japan American Theatre, as part of The Los Angeles Philharmonics Green Umbrella Series, by the CalArts Percussion Ensemble and The 20th Century Players. Directed by Lucky Mosko. Film Restoration by William Moritz.
Percussionists: Meira Asher, Matt Bornong, Jeffrey Brenner, Adam Levenson, Ed Mann, David Shaffer, Julie Spencer, Todd Szabo. Keyboards: Blaise Bryski, Mellissa Hui, Gaylord Mowry, Bryan Pezzone
Green Umbrella Revives Dada Film

In a period when dance historians are industriously re-creating significant "lost " works, CalArts forces have made an oblique contribution with the restoration of "Ballet Mecanique," the landmark Dada film by Dudley Murqhy, Fernand Leger and Man Ray, with music by George Antheil.


Troika Ranch - Loop Diver

View on Troika Ranch Vimeo Channel

loopdiver 2009 from troika ranch on Vimeo.

From Troika Ranch website

"The development of loopdiver began with a simple idea: to explore the concept of loops, a structure pervasive in culture since the popularization of the computer. We first created a 6-minute long performance that was complete in its own right, with movement, music, video and theatrical lighting; then, using a special software tool, we transformed a videotape of that performance into a 60-minute long choreographic 'score' from which we rigorously generated the live choreography. While the digital materials (video, sound, light) maintain the absolute precision and perfection of the computer, the learned choreography is necessarily imperfect due to human interpretation. When placed together on stage, we see the performers in a constant struggle to adapt to an externally imposed machine rhythm. loopdiver asks the viewer to join in on this simultaneously dreamlike and madden…

Honouring Prize - Visual Music Award 2011

My collaborative piece Silk Chroma - visuals by myself and music composition by Linda Buckley, won an honouring award at the recent Visual Music Award 2011 held in Germany at the beginning of November, 2011.  The awards and presentation of works ceremony took place on Tuesday, 1st of November 2011 in the cocoonclub, in Frankfurt, Germany.

The organisers have put up some really stunning images from the awards night and visual music event on their facebook page.
Facebook Photographs: Link
Visual Music Award Facebook Page:

Photographs of Silk Chroma being presented in the Cocoon Club

Archive information for Visual Music Award 2011 from website
Website: link

In 2011 for the fifth time the “Visual Music Award” was announced! For the "Visual Music Award 2011" we got a total of 90 contributions. Most of them came from Germany (60) but one-third (30) came form Austria, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Italy, South-Korea and Israel. The jury deci…

Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 2

Chapter 2 - Nana, or the Two Kinds of Space

EXAMPLES  discussed by Burch in this chapter

Jean Renoir - Nana (1926) - excerpt

Ewald Andre Dupont - Variety (1925)
Extensive use of off-screen space
Excerpt below

Excellent video essay available on youtube by Kristin Thompson
Excellent article at:

Full film
(at around 67 minutes the fight and knife scene)
The film is famous for its extensive use of off-screen space.  Burch discusses the particular scene.
"Because during a fight scene that soon became famous, Emil Jannings and his rival roll on the ground, leaving the screen momentarily empty. A hand with a knife in it then enters the frame from below and immediately plunges out of frame again to deliver the fatal blow. Jannings then rises up and into frame all by himself . . . and several generations of film historians applauded this "magnificent understateme…

Reading Noël Burch Theory of Film Practice - Ch 1

Gathering together examples referenced in Noël Burch's Theory of Film Practice, chapter 1

The most profound aspect of this chapter for me is near the end when Burch urges for filmmakers to:

"develop new "open" forms that will have more in common with the formal strategies of post-Debussyian music than with those of the pre-Joycean novel."

Burch discusses the potential for a third meaning (beyond shooting script and technical plan ) for découpage  

" no longer referring to a process taking place before filming or to a particular technical operation but, rather, to the underlying structure of the finished film.  Formally, a film consists of a succession of fragments excerpted from a spatial and temporal continuum.Découpage in its third French meaning refers to what results when the spatial fragments, or, more accurately, the succession of spatial fragments excerpted in the shooting process, converge with the temporal fragments whose duration may be roughly de…