A painting, 'Parchment Figures: Doubles, Doppelgängers, Clones,' hanging on a wall. Sunlight moving through wind-waving branches falls through a window onto it. You can also see the shadows of the window itself. That morning I was absorbed watching the light and shadows dancing quietly over the painting and videotaped it. Then, on an evening walk I came across a light on a patio with a thick white gauzy curtain around it, and shot some footage with my iPhone video camera. Later, playing with the footage, I added the billowing curtain and its light next to the painting of doubles and shadows. Then I cut sections of a photograph of the painting out, animated them and added them to the film. Finally, pondering on what I had produced, I wrote a whimsical poem of the African trickster spider god, Anansi, and wove it in with handwritten notes.
The painting, from chalk drawing to nearly finished, can be viewed here: http://picasaweb.google.com/brenda.clews/ParchmentFiguresDoublesDoppelgangers...
Flute music, a very small section of 'Bodydrama at the Nave' by ARTSomerville: http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/53543
*Anansi Hides the Moon*
The sun flickered
and the city
You can read more on this video at my blog: http://brendaclews.blogspot.com/2011/02/anansi-hides-moon.html
This videopoem was featured at "Moving Poems," "an on-going anthology of the best videopoems, filmpoems, animated poems, and other poetry videos from around the web," that is at the forefront of multimedia poetry today: http://movingpoems.com/2011/02/anansi-hides-the-moon-by-brenda-clews/
Video is at YouTube in the 1920 x 1080 hd size: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQCi3T9PPko