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Visions in Meditation 3: Plato’s Cave

Stan Brakhage

USA, 1990
20 minutes, Colour, Silent
Available formats: 16mm

Plato’s cave would seem to be the idee fixe of this film. The vortex would, then, be the phenomenological world . . . overwhelming and, naturally, therefore, equivocal so that, for example, even a tornado-in-the-making will be both ‘dust devil’ and ‘finger of God’ at one with clockwork sun and the strands of ice/fire horizon, rock clouds, and so on. The film is I believe, a vision of mentality as most people must (to the irritation of Plato) have it, safely encaved and metaphorical, for the nervous system to survive. All the same I hope, with this work, to have brought a little ‘rush light’ into the darkness. The film is set to the three movements of Rick Corrigan’s ‘Memory Suite’. Its multiple superimpositions are superbly timed by Louise Fujiki, of Western Cine, as usual. – S.B.