NATURAL SELECTION

de Larry GOTTHEIM nouveau cinéaste
1983 / 16mm / couleur / sonore / 1E / 35' 00

My own vision is superimposed on the free creative work of others. My friend the Swiss/Austrian artist Alfons Schilling uses his sculptural viewing devices to experience landscapes around Binghamton as though his vision was different from the normal human one, for example if his eyes were wider apart, or if he were a cyclops, or they were connected to a space not the one he inhabits. My students at the same time film him and the nature he is looking at, but we can not see what he sees. Two friends, one Japanese and one American, read their poems as the other tries to translate. Some of them improvise in a large space in a ruined building where they only think to break the windows, and climb out one. In discussions with the students about where we are headed, the translation issues lead us to think about glossolalia, speaking in tongues. We eventually go to Montreal, where we are invited to the laboratory of André Roch Lecours, who is studying the relationship between glossolalia and the brain. Noah improvises a lecture in a made-up language that is subjected to the same computer analysis that is done in the laboratory’s research. Within this nonsense language a Swedish phrase, or something like it, is discovered: “I love you.”

I edited the film adding my own material, some from Darwin texts, some from New Mexico petroglyphs, sounds from the Beethoven house in Bonn and some words of Schoenberg. The figures of Alfons and Roch become avatars of my self. Noah is a mock professor. There is some connection between the alteration of normal vision and of normal speech. – L. G.

"A sensual, pleasurable enigma, this."– L. A. Times

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