maya deren: the complete films

Maya Deren's films are on UbuWeb.

This one, "The Very Eye of Night" has greek gods slivering across the Milky Way.

(Which isn't our parent galaxy, I found out this week)

The music is glorious, with all instruments played by Maya's third husband Teiji Ito.

There's also a great interview on Archinect with UbuWeb's founder, Kenneth Goldsmith where he tells the story of his concrete poetry collection turning into an online archive. and how there is no advertising. There is no money. There is no membership. There is no donate button. There is no mail list. We refuse to advertise, absolutely refuse to advertise, there is no nothing! ... I'm scared of fundraising.

And also about a new kind of utopic museum:

It really is about free and unfettered access for people to materials that were relegated to museums or relegated to specialist. And now are available to everybody free of charge. I mean there is a whole education to be had there. I think it's true. I think it takes a lot of this old stuff that had been forgotten about and I think in a sense it makes it new again. There has been so much revisionism in art history, so this is yet another sense of revisionism."

More online museums shortly.



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