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There is an adage about watching cinema on mute. It dictates that a film is truly worth its salt when all sonic components are removed and the work remains comprehensible and compelling. It’s a very pedagogical saying, something likely concocted to impress upon film students that good filmmaking comes, first and foremost, from calculated cinematography……

You know that woman who sits in the crescent moon, playing a ukulele? That’s Katie Armstrong. Sittin’ away, a gentle hand strumming, voice sweeter than marsala and sadder than rue. Her songs, autonomous creations on their own, provide both an aural backdrop and a sonic tether for her introspective, complex, and painstakingly made ink-on-paper animations.…

For H. There is no such thing as phenomenology, but there are indeed phenomenological problems. Ludwig Wittgenstein Although Blue is often assumed to be Derek Jarman’s last film (that honor goes to Glitterbug, which premiered several months after his death from AIDS-related complications), it was certainly the last film I watched with you. It consists of…

For H. Blue watched as a word or phrase materialized in scintillating sparks, a poetry of fire which casts everything into darkness with the brightness of its reflections. Derek Jarman The doctors did what they could for you. At first they used words, they gave it a name, “atrial septal defect.” They used their words in…

For H. It is because light has nothing of its own (no peculiarity) that it can be made to reflect the nothing….by redirecting being away from substance and toward the affective intensity of visual and temporal form. Eugenie Brinkema Performance is the end. Once performed, once acted out or upon, what is (the body) precipitates out…