Sound generated abstract imagery. Reciprocity in all things, particularly friendship.
“Allegiance, after all, has to work two ways; and one can grow weary of an allegiance which is not reciprocal.”―James Baldwin
Many thanks to my friend, the incredibly talented multimedia visual artist & composer Phil Loarie.
Phil, you are always such a great inspiration and wise, kind and generous aesthetic consultant on so many matters, particularly' balance' in all things.. Thank you so kindly!!--GAF
“Reciprocity” is abstracted from materials and sounds in the Public Domain, or material released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.
"Reciprocity" by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2018 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.
"Refugees," music and video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, a collage from found images.
At least 3,800 migrant refugees died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 to escape deadly violence and persecution, often both.
Thousands more fleeing refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in 2017, including many teenage girls, pregnant women, and newborn children. The Mediterranean is the most dangerous sea crossing in the world for refugees and migrants.
Yet, 'the compassion deficit seems to be a global plague.' -- Steve Symonds, Amnesty UK Refugee Programme Director.
If people were able to see refugees not as faceless masses, but as individual human beings, perhaps compassion and empathy (in the collective human heart) might be more effectively moved. --Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
See "Tenderness," on the same theme:
“Refugees" is created from recycled and repurposed images and sounds in the Public Domain, or material released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.
"Refugees," Music and video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.
Say / Nothing
“'Say / Nothing' is a film about things about which we are routinely expected to ‘say nothing.' My film is a personal film on family loss and trauma, but also, far more importantly, a wider statement against a patriarchal culture of war and the military industrial complex, and the dangers of forced consensus and unquestioned obedience. Speaking out against war – and those things so often left unsaid – is crucial in these times. Forced consensus is truly dangerous to democracy.
I do not support war, nor do I support the military or the patriarchal institutions and the gender norms that result in the destruction of life, the destruction of families, and the destruction of the environment. I wage peace and stand for pacifism in the face of a rising tide of increased militarism and nationalism. Speaking out and speaking up is deeply patriotic.”―Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”―Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”―Martin Luther King, Jr.
FOR RELATED FILMS:
See also MACHINE vimeo.com/190509450
See also FEAR vimeo.com/199258624
See also ENOUGH vimeo.com/194188318
See also MASS: vimeo.com/208383457
See also Obey / Follow: vimeo.com/212426618
Say / Nothing is made from "found" material in the Public Domain, or images and music released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.
"Say / Nothing" is a video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.
Choral Music used in Say / Nothing is all from the
Free Music Archive. Public Domain. CCO 1.0
Antonio Lotti's 'Missa'
Tomás Luis de Victoria's 'Amicus Meus'
Tomás Luis de Victoria's 'Unus Ex Discipulis Meus'
'Joy' is a non-objective meditational abstract; an embrace of color, visuality, art and life.
“Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it. That's the only part of your work that's individual and worth keeping.”―Jean Cocteau
"Embrace mistakes. There are no mistakes."―Andy Warhol
"Don't impose. Don't obstruct. Allow the images to emerge as they wish."―Wheeler Winston Dixon
"We do not take a trip; a trip takes us."―John Steinbeck
I am grateful for my most creative and spontaneous collaborators: the magical trinity of chance, happy accidents, and subconscious automatism. ―Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Created from recycled and repurposed images and sound in the Public Domain, or material released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.
'Joy'― Music and video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.
Film for Storm de Hirsch
“I don't want to put any labels on my films… I never impose on you; you need to find what you have to find.” ― Storm de Hirsch
"Film for Storm de Hirsch" [aka "Women's Time"] is a tribute to legendary filmmaker Storm de Hirsch, one of the pioneers of underground experimental cinema in the 1960s, along with other female directors such as Marie Menken, Barbara Hammer, Gunvor Nelson, Joyce Wieland, Shirley Clarke, Barbara Rubin and many others. De Hirsch was a poet who moved easily from written poetry to experimental filmmaking. She had no camera, so she began painting, scratching and etching directly onto disgarded film stock and sound tape. Like many women of the era, she was written out of film history only to be later rediscovered and celebrated with retrospectives of her films, which are now being screened and restored.
Storm de Hirsch’s jubilant films are shot through with a fierce love of life, love, and sexuality. Her best known work is ‘Goodbye in the Mirror’ (1964) a feature shot on location in Rome, which Shirley Clarke called “the first real women’s film.” Her short films are dazzling abstractions, often mixing live action with animation and myriad experimental effects. Storm noted that she often received responses to her work addressed to "Mr. Storm," and suspected that her work was better received when critics presumed she was male. “Peyote Queen” is positively hypnotic. As I wrote in 1995, Storm de Hirsch excelled in her “brilliant use of color, pure light, and sensory imaginations of memory and beauty.”
"'Film for Storm de Hirsch' is an abstraction in which I use images of clothespins and film leader, slowed down to suggest the idea of women's waiting, women's time, women's spaces; women artists and filmmakers 'waiting' to be rediscovered. Their work lives on and inspires so many young experimental filmmakers and female video artists who search for the path of the many avant garde women who paved the way in experimental film, video and art. For more on Storm de Hirsch and hundreds of women filmmakers, see my encyclopedia, “Women Film Directors: An International Bio-critical Dictionary."― Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
“Film for Storm de Hirsch” is made from recycled and repurposed materials and sounds in the Public Domain, or material released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.
"Film for Storm de Hirsch" by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.
A series of living digital paintings; memento mori for planet Earth and a celebration of Nature and Life itself. A digital altering of time and portraiture: eco-feminist and Buddhist philosophy meet Romantic Structuralism.
"My film is a series of digital paintings; reminders (vanitas) of the fleeting and ephemeral nature of Life. I hope to inspire and promote radical celebration of Nature and Love of Life itself. I embrace this beautiful planet and cling to the hope that it will survive us." --Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
A note on the sound and motion effects - this is the actual natural soundtrack slowed down and not further manipulated; it takes on a powerful voice of urgency and relentlessness. The stepped slow-mo effect disrupts temporarilty and breaks the video into digital paintings, better to grasp the slow inexorable effects of global warming. --GAF
"memento mori" is created from recycled and repurposed materials in the Public Domain, or material released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.
"memento mori"― by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.