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Decasia: Excerpt Three (Bill Morrison, 2002) – YouTube

The film is a meditation on old, decaying silent films, featuring segments of earlier movies re-edited and integrated into a new narrative. Critic Glen Kenny described Decasia as an “abstract narrative about mortality in all of its manifestations.”[1]

It begins and ends with scenes of a dervish and is bookended with old footage showing how film is processed. Nothing was done to accelerate the decomposition of the actual film prints, some of which were copied from the University of South Carolina‘s Moving Image Research Collections.[2]

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Michael Langan – Choros

Michael Langan – Choros
A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike pas de trente-deux.
In the tradition of Marey and McLaren, Michael Langan and Terah Maher combine music, dance, and image multiplication to create a film that enhances our perception of motion. “Choros” delivers a visually mesmerizing narrative in three movements, following a dancer’s (Maher) experience of discovery, euphoria, and rebirth through this surreal phenomenon.


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BBC News – How to build a bigger, better corkscrew

How to build a bigger, better corkscrew
There are many man-made objects in the world in need of improvement. And there are a small number that, through use and experience, have become stripped to their essence and as a result are hard to improve upon. Or so you might think.

One such object is the traditional corkscrew. At its most primitive it displays an almost iron-age simplicity.