“I have had many loves, I said, but of all these, the greatest was my love of mirrors.” Alejandra Pizarnik
“Before the mirror, the face of my mother.” Adam Phillips
The original supercut was made by ::kogonada for the Criterion Collection, bringing together mirror scene moments from the Swedish maestro. In this updated version the same pictures play in the same order, but accompanied by new sounds. Original electronics score by Machinefabriek. The text is from Ingmar Bergman's book The Magic Lantern: an Autobiography.
Mirrors features a series of mirrors clipped from the movies of Ingmar Bergman. A mise-en-abyme, a reflection on reflections, in other words, an endless looking, or relooking. The mirror (phase) offers a time without end, a glassy eye that throws back the world as an endless picture. It invites its subject to become a picture as well. The mirror is already part of a loop, a cycle of seeing and seen. Though of course the mirror is the hidden watcher, it watches its watchers, endlessly. As Derrida says: The force of the image has to do less with the fact that one sees something in it than with the fact that one is seen... The image sees more than it is seen.