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Monday, June 13, 2011

Divinations (1964) by Storm De Hirsch

Despite the fact that De Hirsch's contributions to the avant-garde film film scene of the 1960's has been largely forgotten, her work remains a source of inspiration to the underground. She started out as a poet before switching over to film as a medium of expression. In an interview with Jonas Mekas on the making of Divinations she said, "I wanted badly to make an animated short and had no camera available. I did have some old, unused film stock and several roles of 16mm sound tape. So I used that- plus a variety of of discarded surgical instruments and the sharp edge of a screwdriver- by cutting, etching, and painting directly on both film and tape."


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