Monday, March 13, 2006

Voicings 2006 - the Quatsi Trilogy

Tonight marks the first of three days celebrating Godfrey Reggio's Quatsi Trilogy, as part of the Voicings 2006 festival, put on by faculty member Mark Eden. Tonight's movie was Koyaanisqatsi (Life Out of Balance).

It has been a little while since I've seen this film (I must admit to owning all three on DVD). I eagerly anticipated seeing it on the "big screen", and I wasn't terribly dissapointed. The color was not quite as vivid as the DVD transfer, and the sound could have been better, but I really enjoyed the overall experience. The film itself is a bit disorganized, but effectively gets its message of dislocation across. My favorite moments include the 747 sequence (pictured above), the cloud sequence, and the empty apartment buildings. Seeing block after city block of empty apartments is stunning on many levels.

Tomorrow is Powaqatsi, and Wednesday is Naqoyqatsi and a talk by Reggio. I'll keep my loyal readers updated!

ps - updates on the way include SF MOMA, Aphex Twin and Meta Synth, and the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics! Oh, and I might sneak in a plug for City Lights (perhaps the best bookstore in the world)


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