"Recently, Simon Soon, this year's KLEX guest curator, emailed an idea of having screening programs, selected from YouTube by other guest programmers, to the KLEX team. The email brought up interesting discussions, including a question about differences between video art and experimental cinema.
I thought it would be nice to post one of my email responses to the discussion on the blog here, hoping to have some responses from people out there."
In speaking of experimental cinema one refers to a genre that is not a genre. The term attempts to draw together films of opposing tempers into a single species. Material films, found footage films, hand-made films, structural films, a broad variety of surrealistic films, diary projects, and hybrid forms are subsumed beneath this vague penumbra. Debates about the bloodlessness of our naming are as old and stereotypical as the term itself, which is used here despite its uneasy hold.
"Imagine an eye unruled by man made laws of perspective, an eye unprejudiced by compositional logic, an eye which does not respond to the name of everything but which know each object encountered in life through an adventure of perception. How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of green? How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eyes? How aware of variations in heat waves can that eye be? Imagine a world alive with incomprehensible objects and shimmering with an endless variety of movement and innumerable gradations of color. Imagine a world before the beginning was the world. " ------ Stan Brakhage