Joseph Cornell 1903-1972
By Night with Torch and Spear (1942)
Director: Joseph Cornell
Music: John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Carol Emmanuel, Shanir Blumenkranz
Time: 8 mins
Eye of Sound: Found-footage upside-down, backwards spinning. Industrialization reversed, or the charm of the noble savage.
The films of the reclusive artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) are as unique as his famous box constructions. Though rarely exhibited during his lifetime, these mysterious works nonetheless have had a deep and lasting influence on the world of avant-garde filmmaking . His entire body of film numbers some thirty-odd works, encompassing the incomplete and the fragmentary. It can be said that Cornell made two kinds of films in two distinct periods of activity: collage films, made by recombining found materials, and directed films,where he worked with cinematographers (including Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt and Larry Jordan) to document his fantasy/experience of wandering in New York. -Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta