Based on a prose poem by Eric Blanchard, 'The Meeting Ran Long' was first published as a text in the online journal, 'Literary Orphans'. Eric and I had collaborated previously on video poetry, and he was pleased to do so again. On reading his piece, I was drawn to the way it created a sense of daydreaming in a transitional moment of solitude, evoking a short, timeless stream from the unconscious mind.
Commencing its translation to video, I decided to present the text itself on the screen, thereby visualising it. Next I deconstructed the poem from its original form into component phrases that might reveal new resonances in the unconscious spaces of the writing itself. I then edited the now-visual phrases to an experimental sound piece by C.P. McDill, another artist with whom I have been connected via the net for many years.
The non-verbal visual stream came last in the process. For this I selected three hand-processed films, by Rachael Guma, Ashley Swinnerton and David Beard, from the remixable Creative Commons collection of Mono No Aware. These were completely re-cut and treated, and combined into a single stream of moving images, inherently reflective in an altered way, of film-time passing through a projector gate.
The kinetic visual movement of these images, grounded and focused by the text, is expressive of the way thoughts, memories and mental images fly through a human brain. There are narrative elements to be found in the visual abstractions as well, that support the narrative of the prose.
At the beginning and end of the video, the countdown leader to an old vaudeville film was digitally spliced, re-cut to the rhythms of the sound, in subtle variance to actual clock-time.
'The Meeting Ran Long' is a collaborative piece in essence, created via the internet between a film-maker in Australia, and a poet, sound artist, and other film-makers in the USA.
Video: Marie Craven
Text: Eric Blanchard
Sound: C.P. McDill
archive.org/details/wh263 (CC BY NC SA 3.0)
Hand-processed film: Rachael Guma, Ashley Swinnerton, David Beard, Mono No Aware
vimeo.com/mononoaware (CC BY 3.0)
Published at Moving Poems:
Published in Gnarled Oak journal:
Originally made in 2016, the video was substantially re-made for this 2019 version.