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Dance for the camera, or films made in collaboration with dancers.
Improvised dance by JungWoong Kim of Catch Me Dance Project, filmed in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY. How do you dance a landscape? How do you frame movement? How do you dance a frame? Can the sound of movement be music? Can a film be as simple as a stage? Can you collaborate with the earth?
The performers are Aya Shibahara and Masanori Asahara. "Convergence" means the coming together of contrasting principles: red and blue, light and shadow, male and female, giving and receiving (as well as the convergence of the eyes that is the basis of the 3D effect). The film portrays the fertile moment, the magical conjunction of opposites.
I wanted to make a 3D film that would be equally beautiful in 2D, something simple and cheap and subtle in contrast to Hollywood's 3D blockbusters. This film is perfectly viewable in 2D, but if you watch it while wearing old-fashioned cheap red-cyan 3D glasses it literally takes on an extra dimension. All you see is simply shadows of actors and objects cast on a screen. The shadows are cast by two lights right next to each other, one red and one cyan. The offset between the lights makes the shadows differ exactly as the views of your left and right eyes differ. 3D glasses make you see separate shadows with separate eyes, and thus the image appears to have depth.
Solo performance by Mana Hashimoto. The song is the traditional Japanese lullaby, Itsuki No Komoriuta, a song from the point of view of a poor child sent away from home to work as a babysitter for a wealthy family.
This is my own experimental edit of some of the footage I shot for "Existenz", a larger film project by choreographer Erin Dudley and sculptor Mark McNamara’s DA:ZAIN performance collective. Performers seen here are Masanori Asahara and Kelly Buwalda. The location is the Waterfall House in Schoharie County, New York.
My experimental edit is constructed entirely from two-second clips according to rules: Clips of the performers warming themselves around a fire at night occur every five seconds, and daytime clips of the waterfall landscape occur every six seconds. This results in a rhythmic pattern of gaps and overlaps, in which images of day and night, water and fire, human and earth interpenetrate.
Getting close to the Earth through movement and music. Ringing Rocks Park in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has a field of boulders that produce metallic ringing sounds when struck. Performance by Kristin Hatleberg, music by Jim Smith, videography by Yuko Takebe and Fred Hatt, editing by Fred Hatt.