From: john porter (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Apr 24 2006 - 13:47:19 PDT
I think "experimental" is an adjective, not a genre.
So there can be experimental fiction, experimental
narrative, experimental drama, experimental
documentary, experimental animation, etc.
But what is "experimental film"? Any serious artist is
always experimenting to some degree. A dichotomy
arises when a medium is popular and consequently
dominated by "commercial", "industry" or "mainstream"
artists who DON'T experiment.
Let's act as if WE are dominant (which we ARE,
creatively) and refer to ourselves as simply
"filmmakers", "videomakers" or "artists" as opposed to
--- Freya <email suppressed> wrote:
> I've noticed a few places lately people making a
> distinction between experimental film and narrative
> However surely many experimental films are quite
> narrative too. Maya Deren and Kenneth Anger spring
> mind. Possibly even Stan Brakhage!
> Strangely this very subject came up at the Rose
> screening yesterday too which I was glad to see. "So
> it isn't just me who is finding this odd!" I
> I've noticed it happening more and more tho.
> Rose even went as far as to suggest it would be
> possible to have experimental fiction films. I
> thought of it in quite that way before, just that
> films were very narrative.
> But do any of you really think there is a clear
> seperation between the two or is it just something
> people say.
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