Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities
2005—2006 Forum on Word and Image
A Way of Seeing What Can Be Seen:" Visual Perception in Avant Garde Cinema
The eye-as-camera analogy is an accepted way of explaining the act and experience of visual perception. How artists exploit this process is directly related to their attitude toward the dominant visual ideology—in most cases, the Hollywood industry. A case in point is the American avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage. How well do his films and manifestoes succeed in providing the alternative, authentic visualization of perception that his texts promote?