Stan Brakhage created Cat’s Cradle in 1959. The 19th film by Brakhage is a montage of two couples, a cat, and the inside of a house. The four people that were documented in Cat’s Cradle are Brakhage’s friends James Tenney, Carolee Schneemann, his ex-wife Jane, and Brakhage himself. Continue reading STAN BRAKHAGE :: CAT’S CRADLE, 1959, 6.5 min.
In 1970, Armenian filmmaker Artavazd Peleshyan directed Inhabitants, an ode to wildlife. Fascinated by this poetic work, Patti Smith composed a tribute to the filmmaker.
Live at Foundation Cartier, Paris, July 2014
Artist Carolee Schneeman began work on her film Fuses in 1964, eventually finishing it 1967. Her performance piece, Meat Joy had been performed in Paris and NYC at the Judson Church the same year, along with her constructions Native Beauties (1962–64), Music Box Music (1964), Pharaoh’s Daughter (1966) and Her Letter to Lou Andreas Salome (1965). Continue reading Carolee Schneemann :: Fuses (1967) film/video, 22 min.
The Tibetan Book Of The Dead is a documentary, produced by The National Film Board of Canada in 1994. It explains The Bardo Thodol, Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State, referred to in the west as The Tibetan Book Of The Dead. The close to 700 year-old text, composed in the 8th century is a text from a larger corpus of teachings, the Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones. The text is intended to guide a deceased person through the experiences that his or her consciousness faces in the bardo, the interval between their death and their next rebirth. Continue reading Documentary: The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (narrated by Leonard Cohen)