This is the second version of this piece, the first one is here vimeo.com/53219756
Music composed by Gesualdo da Venosa (1566 - 1613) and once again performed magnificently by Paola Erdas (paolaerdas.it/).
Toccata Quarta is yet another example of exploring the modulation of an image stream without succumbing to the facile and false solution of "cartooning" (the habitual figure/ground differentiation). I am trying to "animate" the forest without "using" individual trees...
Trying to make visible my experience of the music, not the music "itself," but what it evokes in me, is very complex, it takes me to uncharted territory.
It is fascinating to me to "see" how music can be approached/experienced "visually" in infinite ways. If Alberto Giacometti once said "I could paint the same chair all my life," I could also say that I could "animate" the same music "forever."
The only appropriate approach I have found suitable so far is akin to what I already "knew" as a painter (before I had to abandon natural media because of sudden severe allergies to solvents and such), progressing "obliquely" (as Maurice Merleau-Ponty would say), never being certain if I am experiencing/making manifest genuine moments of grace, or living in utter delusion.
However, whatever the verdict, this way of working seems to be "my" way, it comes back again and again, on its own, regardless of whatever it is I may be trying to do (as Picasso said: "What saved me is that I became more interested in what I found than in what I was looking for.").
The digital workflow is fascinating: through time-remapping, compositing and the like, a movie can easily become a moment, a "gesture" in another movie.
A privileged way to work with/in/for the "always-already-there..."
Festival ready (digital file, Apple ProRes 422 HQ or h.264)
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