The classic text Metaphors on Vision by filmmaker Stan Brakhage (1933–2003), first published in 1963 as a special issue of Film Culture, stands as a major theoretical statement by one of avant-garde cinema’s most important figures. Yet despite its undeniable influence, the complete Metaphors has remained out of print in the United States for more than 40 years. In conjunction with the publication of a new, definitive edition by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry, the Walker presents this special screening of Brakhage’s work—selected from our Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection—to explore the artist’s visionary manifesto and youthful meditations on cinema.
Hell Spit Flexion (1983, 1 minute, color, silent, 16mm)
Thigh Line Lyre Triangular (1961, 5 minutes, color, silent, 16mm)
Duplicity (1978, 23 minutes, color, silent, 16mm)
Eyes (1971, 35 minutes, color, silent, 16mm)
Total Run Time: 64 minutes
Following the screening, Ed Halter, curator, critic, scholar, and cofounder of Light Industry, will discuss Brakhage’s theories of cinema and the reissue of this landmark book.