No image. No color. Just blackness

“Dreams getting worse. Usually in nightmares you see what you’re scared of. Not in my case. No image. No color. Just blackness and then in the distance, getting closer and closer, beginning to pierce some strange ever-present roar, sounds, voices, sometimes just a few, sometimes a multitude, and one by one, all of them starting to scream.

Do you know what it’s like to wake up from a dream you haven’t seen? Well for one thing, you’re not sure if you were dreaming or not.”

House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski.

Psycho 60/98

WARNING: This film contains flashing images.

“Psycho” (1960) by Alfred Hitchcock and “Psycho” (1998) by Gus Van Sant collide in a frame-by-frame editing that assaults the eyeballs and assassinates the normative consciousness of the viewer. The footage seem to penetrate us, as though it was a knife or a threatening phantasmagorical entity. The fast succession of single frames and extremely short audio files produce afterimages and aftersounds—entoptic and endaural phenomena—creating a film that does not happen on the screen, but in our brain cells.

*Just a technical note for those interested on how things are made, this film consist just of both shower scenes fragmented in frames; the odd frames are the shower scene from the Hitchcock movie and the even frames are the shower scene from the Van Sant remake. No image or sound effects of any kind, just the frames. Sense-destructive cinema, enjoy! :)

Guan wu / fan guan

“La cultura china distingue dos grandes fomas de conocimiento. Si en la primera, el conocimiento se infiere a partir de ciertos criterios o signos observables a través de los sentidos, la segunda permite percibir y tratar las cosas como tales. Ésta recibe el nombre de “observación de las cosas” (guan wu) u “observación invertida” (fan guan). Shao Yong, un autor confuciano de la dinastía Song, la define así: «Lo que denominamos observación de las cosas no es una observación a través de los ojos. Más que una observación por los ojos es una observación a través del espíritu. Observar las cosas desde un punto de vista invertido significa no observarlas desde el punto de vista del ego, sino desde el punto de vista de las cosas»”.

Qi gong: Práctica corporal y pensamiento chino, Isabel Calpe Rufat
Editorial Kairós