EXPERIMENTAL RESPONSE CINEMA: THE ART OF VISION

Director Stan Brakhage
Year 1965
Run Time 250min
More Info IMDb

Sometimes at the Drafthouse we show blockbusters. We've been known to traffic in nostalgia, exploitation and stupid, mindless fun. But sometimes, we need to make room for ART. Sometimes, we have to block out 4 hours of screen time and devote it to showing one of the most incredible works of experimental cinema to ever be created. 

We are excited to welcome EXPERIMENTAL RESPONSE CINEMA  back to the Ritz to present a very special screening of Stan Brakhage’s THE ART OF VISION! Rarely screened, THE ART OF VISION is Brakhage’s longest work, in an oeuvre that spans over 300 films. Titled after Bach’s The Art of the Fugue, THE ART OF VISION is a “full extension of the singularly visible themes” of Brakhage’s own DOG STAR MAN. Newly restored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, come see the film which the poet Robert Kelly said was “…a new continent of the eye’s sway. Mind at the mercy of the eye at last.” Impossibly rare and potentially life-changing, this is a one time only chance to experience a uniquely staggering work of cinematic art.

"Inspired by that period of music in which the word symphonia was created and by the thought that the term, as then, was created to name the overlap and enmeshing of suites, this film presents the visual symphony that Dog Star Man can be seen as and also all the suites of which it is composed.  But as it is a film, not work of music, the above suggests only one of the possible approaches to it.  For instance, as “cinematographer,” at source, means “writer of movement” certain poetic analogies might serve as well.  The form is conditioned by the works of arts which have inspired Dog Star Man, its growth of form by the physiology and experiences (including experiences of art) of the man who made it. Finally it must be seen for what it is.” – Stan Brakhage

Experimental Response Cinema is a collective of avant-garde film and video artists, devoted to bringing local, national, and international experimental cinema to Austin screens.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

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