On The Various Nature Of Things

Country: USA
Duration: 25 mins
Sound: Stereo / Mono Optical
Ratio: 4:3
Available Format/s: 16mm / SD Digital file
Original Format: 16mm Film


I say apparently, for you must not imagine that, because you cannot perceive any action, none has taken place. (Michael Faraday)

A 24-figure exploration of the natural forces at work in the world, based on Scottish physicist Michael Faraday’s 1859 Christmas lectures to the public. The film literally, metaphorically and whimsically reinterprets scientific convention to illustrate physical concepts.

Faraday felt people needed to be more aware of the everyday reality of physics and how its laws affected their simplest actions. So in the late 1850s, he addressed the English public on the subject. He arranged for a series of lectures to be held, as a tradition, on Christmas day.

As Faraday put it, “We come into this world, we live, and depart from it, without our thoughts being called specifically to consider how all this takes place.” The filmmaker takes up his challenge and considers the world around her with an infectiously playful, yet sometimes dark, curiosity.

The film is an homage to Faraday’s enthusiasm and his tactile approach to science. He was also a filmic forefather, having invented and experimented with one of the first kinematascopic devices. The film challenges the viewer to see beauty in the small details which surround us but go unnoticed or are taken for granted. “I say apparently,” says the physicist, “for you must not imagine that, because you cannot perceive any action, none has taken place”.

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