YANTRA

by James WHITNEY
1950-1957 / 16mm / couleur / son / 8' 00

The repeated accelerating flickers between black and white or solid color frames photo-kinetically induce an alpha meditative state. Into the climax of these generative alternations of spectral opposites, the dots enter and enact movements which are as carefully "choreographed" in the sense of purely visual "music" as had been the imagery in the FILM EXERCISES, including variations, inversions, harmonic and contrapuntal balances and imbalances, etc. The screen is scrupulously sustained as a flat expository surface, and a reflexive consciousness of the film material process is maintained by the use of flickers, transparent/white backgrounds, scratches, and solarized, step-printed episodes, in which the hand-wrought, irregular textures also recall (for those familiar with this background information) both James' expertise as a raku potter and the Alchemical processes of transmuting elements, in this case the colored chemicals of the film emulsion by the "solar" Fire. - William Moritz

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distribution format 16mm
1 reel (88 meters)
speed 24 ips
screen 1,37 - standard
sound opt
instructions for the screening encoches sur les perfos pellicule americaine eastman semble daté de 1953 ou 1973 legerement gondolée
translation no
rental fee 33,00 €