Li: The Patterns of Nature and other films by John N. Campbell
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(Jan 19, 2009)
A collection of visionary short films by the acclaimed experimental filmmaker. DVD includes 7 films.
"Li: The Patterns of Nature" -employs time-lapse, microscopy, animation and cymatic imagery to explore the Chinese concept of "Li"- organic patterning, and the underlying inherent order of the physical world as revealed in its natural patterns and rhythms.
"Form and Void" -an abstract experimental animation composed of thousands of rapidly strobing inkblot patterns- a trance film.
"Rites of Passage" -a poetic examination of spiritual death and rebirth.
"Kirlian Experiment No. 3"- employs Kirlian or Electromagnetic Discharge Videography, named for the Russian Parapsychology researchers who popularized its use.
"Hidden World" -explores the macro and microscopic life in and around a pond.
"Dance of the Phosphenes"- inspired by the neuro-optical phenomenon known as phosphenes- those luminous patterns that we see when our eyes are closed- this silent animated film journeys through universes large and small in just 90 seconds.
Special Feature: The Making of "Li" with director's commentary. The unusual cinematic techniques that were used in "Li: The Patterns of Nature" are explained by the director who won the Best Cinematography Award at the 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
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