RHYTHM IN LIGHT

by Mary Ellen BUTE & Ted NEMETH & Melville WEBBER
1934 / 35mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 5' 00




Music: Grieg's "Anitra's Dance." Collaboration with Melville Webber and Ted Nemeth. Premiered at Radio City Music Hall, 1935. In the "Rhythm in Light," the artist uses visual materials as the musician uses sound. Mass and line an brilliant arabesques from the inexhaustible imagination of the artist perform a dance to the strains of Edward Grieg's music. The visual and aural materials are related both structurally and rhythmically - a mathematical system being used to combine the two means of expression. (promotional flyer, Ted Nemeth Studios)

“Bute used Webber’s experience (“Fall of the House of Usher,” “Lot in Sodom”) with making cardboard models and with photographing in soft-focus and through prisms to produce multiple refractions and reflections. In addition, she used cellophane, ping-pong balls, sparklers, eggbeaters, and bracelets to create a work that, while pushing toward abstraction, does not completely leave the objective world behind.” —R. Bruce Elder

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distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
version restored version
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 30,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 30,00 €