LESSON, on Ingmar Bergman's 1978 film HÖSTSONATEN/AUTUMN SONATA, is one of a number of videographic works of spatial montage that I have made about Bergman’s work to be screened at events to mark the 100th anniversary of the Swedish director’s birth on July 14, 1918.
Also see my co-authored video PERSONA NON GRATA SONATA (made with Amber Jacobs here: . vimeo.com/251331908.
Each of these videos uses its multiple-screen form in the service of a poetic analysis through synchronous performance, a playing together of cinematic motifs, similarities, repetitions or variations that would otherwise only be meaningfully apprehended as such sequentially in the audiovisual time-based medium.
On January 31, 2018, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Critics’ Choice / Filmkrant team premiered a collectively sourced video essay (to which I contributed) which reviewed (or, really previewed) a new essay film — POSSESSED — by Dutch architecture collective Metahaven. A fun project! I’d love to be part of something like this again. This 15 second video was my contribution (which survived the cut fairly intact. The full video response is online here: vimeo.com/253147827
A piece of accompanying film criticism that begins with the eloquence of Ritwik Ghatak and Raymond Bellour, and ends with the eloquence of Supriya Devi.
In Memory of the great Bengali actress Supriya Choudhury (1933-2018)
Film ending from মেঘে ঢাকা তারা / Mēghē Ḍhākā Tārā / The Cloud-Capped Star (Ritwik Ghatak, 1960)
Text excerpt from Raymond Bellour, ’The Film We Accompany’, Original Version published in TRAFIC, No. 4, Autumn 1992.
Translated from the French by Fergus Daly. Published in ROUGE, No. 3, 2004. rouge.com.au/3/film.html