26/06/2009


JIM DAVIS
DVDs Anthology Film Archives



Jim Davis started making films in 1946 and continued until his death (completing 113 films) to photograph his curved plastic sculpture, mobile-like structures that would hang in space, rotate and reflect/refract light into shifting pools and points of color. Abstract and mysterious to many spectators, these waves and streams of light were for Davis images of -the causative force of nature. He also made studies of architecture and of landscape, as well filmed his paintings and drawings, but using movement and energy as a starting point.
"This a kind of music made to be looked at - or a kind of abstract dance. There is a conscious attempt to invent forms which suggest - in wholly nonscientific terms - the new and unfamiliar world which modern science is revealing."
Jim Davis
"Jim's films are a meditation on imagination of light."
Stan Brakhage



Jim Davis commença à tourner en 1946. Il fit 113 films. Il filma ses sculptures, structures semblables à des mobiles flottant dans l'air, tournoyant, réfléchissant et réfractant la lumière, créant des flaques mouvantes et des taches de couleurs. Ces vagues et ces flots de lumière, abstraits et mystérieux pour de nombreux spectateurs, représentaient pour Davis les "forces causales de la nature". Il a également étudié l'architecture et les paysages, a réalisé des films sur ses tableaux et ses dessins, prenant systématiquement pour point de départ le mouvement et l'énergie.

"C'est une sorte de musique faite pour être regardée, ou une sorte de danse abstraite. C'est une tentative délibérée d'inventer des formes qui suggèrent, en des termes absolument non-scientifiques, un monde nouveau et inconnu révélé par la science moderne."
Jim Davis
"Les films de Jim sont une méditation sur l'imagination de la lumière."
Stan Brakhage



DVD Horizons of Light
DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION 1961, 16mm, 9'50''
LIGHT REFLECTIONS 1952 16mm, 6'50'', silent
LANDSCAPE 1950, 16mm, 7', silent
FATHOMLESS 1964, 16mm, 11', silent
PENNSYLVANIA/CHICAGO/ILLINOIS 1957-59, 16mm, 7', silent
SEA RHYTHMS 1971, 16mm, 9'50'', silent
DVD (NTSC 25,00€) ou VHS (PAL or SECAM 30,00€)

DVD Silent Light
THRU THE LOOKING GLASS 1953, 16mm, sound
LET THERE BE LIGHT 1956, 16mm, silent
THE SEA 1950, 16mm, silent
THE DREAM OF SPACE 1959, 16mm, silent
PATH OF MOTION 1950, 16mm, silent
VARIATIONS ON A THEME 1957, 16mm, silent
DVD (NTSC 25,00€)

Jim Davis - Thru the Looking Glass, 1953 (video excerpt):



DVD Visible Energy
IMPULSES 1959, 16mm, sound
PERTAINING TO MARIN 1950-53, 16mm, sound
LIKE A BREEZE 1954, 16mm, silent
ENERGIES 1957, 16mm, sound
TALIESIN WEST 1950, 16mm, sound
TALIESIN EAST 1950, 16mm, silent
PERTAINING TO CHICAGO 1957, 16mm, sound
DVD (NTSC 25,00€)

Jim Davis - Pertaining to Chicago, 1957 (video excerpt):
video