By Scott MacDonald
one of several antecedents to the movies and video clips mentioned listed here are Thomas Cole's panorama portray, Thoreau's Walden, Olmsted and Vaux's vital Park, and Eadweard Muybridge's panoramic images of San Francisco. MacDonald analyzes the paintings of many complete avant-garde filmmakers: Kenneth Anger, Bruce Baillie, James Benning, Stan Brakhage, Nathaniel Dorsky, Hollis Frampton, Ernie Gehr, Larry Gottheim, Robert Huot, Peter Hutton, Marjorie Keller, Rose Lowder, Marie Menken, J.J. Murphy, Andrew Noren, Pat O'Neill, Leighton Pierce, Carolee Schneemann, and Chick Strand. He additionally examines a number of fresh advertisement function motion pictures, in addition to self sustaining experiments in documentary and such contributions to self reliant video background as George Kuchar's climate Diaries and Ellen Spiro's Roam candy Home.
MacDonald unearths the non secular underpinnings of those works and indicates how problems with race, ethnicity, gender, and sophistication are conveyed as filmmakers try to realize types of Edenic serenity in the computing device of contemporary society. either own and scholarly, The backyard within the Machine might be a useful source for these drawn to investigating and experiencing a broader spectrum of cinema of their educating, of their examine, and of their lives.
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The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place by Scott MacDonald