Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Persistence of Vision: Walk among the tumbled stones

So why return to the intellectual battlefield of a decade ago and walk among the tumbled stones? Because the relationship between film and viewer is important. Not only must the mechanism of persistence of vision that purported to explain the illusion of motion be replaced by an accurate description of the illusion, but the concept of a passive viewer implied by the myth must be replaced by the viewer implied by an enlightened understanding of the illusion: a meaning-seeking creature who engages the film as actively as he engages the real world about him. To reject the mechanism of persistence of vision is to reject the myth of persistence of vision and the passivity of the viewer it implies.
- "The Myth of Persistence of Vision Revisited," Journal of Film and Video, 
Vol. 45, No. 1 (Spring 1993): 3-12. By Joseph and Barbara Anderson.

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights, 1490-1510.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sigh the lack and with old woes new wail...

Sonnet 30

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought,
And with old woes new wail my dear time's waste:
Then can I drown an eye, unused to flow,
For precious friends hid in death's dateless night,
And weep afresh love's long since cancelled woe,
And moan the expense of many a vanished sight:
Then can I grieve at grievances foregone,
And heavily from woe to woe tell o'er
The sad account of fore-bemoaned moan,
Which I new pay as if not paid before.
But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
All losses are restor'd and sorrows end.

Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Le philosophe lisant, 1734