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Babylon Series I-III

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1989 - 1990
14 minutes, Colour, Silent
Available formats: 16mm

After a six or seven year study of Hammurabi’s Code, original Babylonian Text and translation, I’ve tried to feel my way into the moving visual thought process of this ancient culture (whose numerical system is composed primarily of building materials, nails, joints and the like), this, then, is a visual music which balances the two thought processes of Structure and Nature. – S.B.

Out of the vagaries of sometimes beseeming repetitive light patterns, and the delicately variable rhythms of thought process, the imagination of the Monumental and of the Ephemeral are born to mind hard as nails. – S.B.

There is an architectural garden of the variably brash rock-solid liquid-encompassing, but always imitative, human mind as it processes the given light thoughtfully.
This film is about that. – S.B.