WAX, OR THE DISCOVERY OF TELEVISION AMONG THE BEES
Dir. David Blair
USA, 1991, video, 85m, English
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 - 8:00 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 - 8:00 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 - 8:00 PM
"Wax, Or The Discovery of Television Among The Bees" (1991) tells the deeply surreal tale of Jacob Maker, a weapons guidance technician and part-time beekeeper whose life is overturned when his ancestral, Mesopotamian-bred bees begin taking control of his mind. A confounding, psychedelic visual collage of computer animation, video feedback textures, lo-fi home video, archival photographs, image plane manipulation, found footage and even a brief moment of pure documentary all jumble together to form this pioneering new media experiment in narrative, all of which is delivered via insistent, unnerving voice-over in the manner of an alien essay film.
This singular film is the work of a singular man, David Blair, who completed "Wax" only after many years of support from a litany of arts organizations. Accordingly, it is a feat of many firsts, including: the first independent feature film ever edited on a non-linear editing system, the first film to be wholly translated into an interactive, hyper-textual online experience, and the first film in history to be streamed live over a computer network (in 1993!).
Special thanks to David Blair for all of his generous cooperation!
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