Seeing Sound

Seeing Sound

Brisbane, Australia


Where State Library of Queensland.
Starts Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Ends Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Tickets Free

Seeing Sound: Synaesthetic Explorations in Sound and Image from the 1920s to the Present.

Curated by OtherFilm for the State Library of Queensland.

Seeing Sound - PROJECTS

  • Dresden Dynamo

    Optical Sound

    Starts Wednesday, 18 July 2007

    In the history of sound in experimental film, one of the most important creative practices is the use of sound tracks created by images. Most film-sound systems use what is known as an optical sound track, a variable-area film exposure…

  • Nostalgia


    Starts Tuesday, 21 August 2007

    Formal experimentation with sound and image relations is one key way that avant-garde filmmakers have challenged the ‘classical’ cinema. Some well-known film artists (famously Stan Brakhage) choose to eschew the ‘grand opera’ of sound altogether. Others have worked to problematise…

  • Bondi, Paul Winkler, Australia Colour, 15 minutes, 1979

    Fractured Fragments

    Starts Wednesday, 19 September 2007

    Sound/image relations reconfigured, fractured and re-set at strange angles. Recombinations that divide audiovisual planes. De-conventionalising of social and cinematic space. Independent, outsider, autodidactic methodologies. Scored, scoured, scraped, scratched back, re-inscribed (cinema as a palimpsest), re-laid, mis-tessellated and overlapped (cinema as…

  • Weekend (Wochenende), Walther Ruttmann, Germany, 11mins, 1930

    Rhythm Methodologies

    Starts Wednesday, 17 October 2007

    A program exploring the limits of black & white film’s unique facility to communicate relationships between sound, image and space. Abstract film pioneer Viking Eggeling’s silent ‘pure film’ experiment, Diagonal Symphony (1921), explores the capacity of moving image to evoke the qualities…

  • Color Rhapsodie, Mary Ellen Bute, Colour, 7 minutes, 1948

    A Hundred Light Years to Here

    Starts Wednesday, 21 November 2007

    “abstronics” is what lewis carrol would have called a portmanteou word. it is composed of the first one and a half syllables of “abstractions” and the last one and a half syllables of “electronics”. the letter “r”, fortuitously, is the…

  • Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake Mary Ellen Bute, USA Black and White, 90 minutes, 1965

    The Printed Signal

    Starts Wednesday, 19 December 2007

    Visual music pioneer Mary Ellen Bute’s final film was also her first feature  film. James Joyce’s classic story of Irish tavern-keeper who dreams of attending  his own wake is brought to the screen with a sparkling energy which highlights  its…