Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Want To See Movies of My Dreams

Exhibit #1:

From "The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society and It's Circle" at The Coney Island Museum. Curator and artist Zoe Beloff uncovered a collection of reels in which members of The Coney Island Amateur Psychoanalytic Society filmed reenactments of their dreams.

Exhibit #2:

From "Tell The Bees: Belief, Knowledge &Hypersymbolic Cognition" From The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City, California:

The procedure is that as soon as a member of the family has breathed his or her last a younger member of the household, often a child, is told to visit the hives. and rattling a chain of small keys taps on the hive and whispers three times:

Little Brownies, little brownies, your mistress is dead.
Little Brownies, little brownies, your mistress is dead.
Little Brownies, little brownies, your mistress is dead.

A piece of funeral crepe is then tied to the hive and after a period of time funeral sweets are brought to the hives for the bees to feed upon. The bees are then invariably invited to the funeral and have on a number of recorded occasions seen fit to attend.

There are a great many other practices that are observed concerning bees. Among those that know them well, bees are understood to be quiet and sober beings that disapprove of lying, cheating and menstruous women. Bees do not thrive in a quarrelsome family, dislike bad language and should never be bought or sold for money. Bees should be given without compensation but if such compensation is essential, barter or trade is greatly preferable so that no money changes hands.

Both Zoe Beloff and The Museum of Jurassic Technology's curator David Wilson attended film school (Columbia and CalArts, respectively). And, like the members of the Psychoanalytical Society, each seems to have turned their skills toward creating/uncovering meaningful elements of our world that lie in the boundaries between the real and imagined.

Both seem to understand that the essence of filmmaking has nothing to do with filmstock or lighting, casting or editing. Filmmakers do not to create narrative from whole cloth or represent Truth as it is observed. A good filmmaker opens a portal between actual and fantastic realities and accentuates the elements that ring true in both worlds.

An amazing filmmaker does this without a camera in their hand. They rummage through the junk at swap meets, or rifle through fogotten texts, and with their their dusty interdimensional fingers, extract readymade documents from a history that may have never existed.

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