November 2020, arsenal cinema

Big Cinema, Small Cinema #37 – 
In the Rhythm of the Colors

ABSTRONIC, 1952

“The color is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with many strings”, said painter Wassily Kandinsky in 1911. In film too, forms have a rhythm and colors can dance to the music of the film, such as in Mary Ellen Butes’s ABSTRONIC (USA 1952), which shows how sounds moves The fact that tones can be made audible by colors and forms is proved by Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren in their hand-painted film BEGONE DULL CARE (Canada 1949). Images that play with music on the screen can be seen in EARLY ABSTRACTIONS by Harry Smith (USA 1939–1956). And how forms can rhythmically appear and disappear again via scratches in the film strip is illustrated by MONDLICHT by Bärbel Neubauer (Germany 1997). After the screening, all the children can paint their own rhythms and take them home with them. (mp/kr) For all 5 years and up. (8.11.)

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