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Particles In Space

Len Lye

USA, 1979
4 minutes, B&W, Opt.
Available formats: 16mm

PARTICLES IN SPACE grew out of the same calligraphic material as Free Radicals. As with its companion film, “Particles” is concerned with energy and movement – of shaping light in darkness, by scratching on the film surface. In this film, LEN LYE focuses on ‘a smaller, more compact zizz of energy that I’d never got before on film’. The rhythms of African drums again provide the musical counterpoint.
“I thought Free Radicals as “definitively revised” an almost unbelievably immense masterpiece (a brief epic) and that Particles In Space was its contemplative equivalent. Colour Cry as great as I remembered it…” – Stan Brakhage, 1980

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