12/8/17 // Stan Brakhage: Metaphors on Vision

Stan Brakhage: Metaphors on Vision

Friday, December 8th, 2017
7:30pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street, San Francisco
$10.00 General Admission / $6.00 Cinematheque members
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Presented in association with San Francisco Cinematheque, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Light Field

Screening presented by Thomas Beard, Light Industry, Brooklyn.

“Imagine an eye unruled by man-made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which must know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception. How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of “Green”? How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye? How aware of variations in heat waves can that eye be? Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of color. Imagine a world before the ‘beginning was the word.'” – Stan Brakhage, Metaphors on Vision

First published in 1963, Stan Brakhage’s Metaphors on Vision remains one of the most challenging and inspiring artistic statements of avant-garde cinema by one of its most influential figures, a treatise on mythopoeia and the nature of visual experience written in a style as idiosyncratic as his art. Long out of print and highly collectible, Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry proudly announce the republication of a new definitive edition of  Metaphors, featuring a full facsimile of the original 1963 design by George Maciunas and copious annotations by P. Adams Sitney (as well as the inclusion of Sitney’s 1998 introduction to the 1998 French translation). Light Industry’s Thomas Beard appears in person to present and discuss the book and to present Brakhage’s 1959 masterpiece Anticipation of the Night along with Brakhage’s The Dead (1960) and the camera-less classic Mothlight (1963).

“He was the strongest and central force within a movement that was continuously required to explicate, theorize, and even justify its work, to make it plain. Metaphors on Vision takes its place with that small group of fundamental theoretical texts by filmmakers, those of Eisenstein, Epstein, Deren, Frampton, and Godard. Brakhage’s critique of the cinematic apparatus is extended, in Metaphors, to the optics and chemistry of its manufacture.” – Annette Michelson

“Like a fire carrier, this newly published edition of Metaphors on Vision rekindles the very necessity of our filmmaking instincts. All that our youth so cherished is now once again ignited. Stan, the great cheerleader of the sublime, is again burning deep in our hearts and all that cinema might be has been set aflame by this stunning publication.” – Nathaniel Dorsky

Copies of Metaphors on Vision will be available at the screening and are also available from Cinematheque’s online bookstore.

Stan Brakhage: Metaphors on Vision

All works to be presented in 16mm.

Mothlight (1963, 4 min, color)
The Dead (1960, 11 min, color)
Anticipation of the Night (1958, 42 min, color)

Canyon Cinema is thankful for the long term support of the George Lucas Family Foundation. Dedicated project funding for Canyon Cinema 50 has been generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Owsley Brown III Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.