ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren played at the Tate Modern in London on 17th April 2011 with director José Antonio Sistiaga in attendance. He gave, from the sounds of it, a rather well-worn speech indicating that this film was, "not Delphine Seyrig, nor Donald Duck", that it was, "not cinema", and did not, "require conversation", however it, "invites participation". The title is a phonetically Basque nonsense phrase. The feature film itself is of widescreen dimensions, created without a camera, with paint applied directly to the film's surface in an abstract brush-less technique.
It is difficult to review a film without sound (it's meant to be played silently with no accompaniment), without characters, without intentional representation, or narrative. Largely what you see is what you bring to the film (it's like a Rorschach series). Mostly I saw fantastical images in the flow, ecosystems, vast machines, explorations in impossible worlds. I toyed with the idea that Sistiaga's images were some kind of God-sight, a kind of omniscient en ronde view of life. Sometimes I felt the images were minute or cellular, sometimes colossal. I saw my favourite part as a deep ceiling-canopied beech forest, dappled purple and red root shadows in a kind of phosphorescent nighttime, knotted bases, dark leaf carpet, a burgundy and black womb. Lucifer lights came and played through the interstices, blanching psuedopoded will-o-the-wisps.
Here are my associations in prose form to give you an idea of what may await: floral lava blotch melange, changing tints; Dervish swirling; rift in flow, exploration in polka dot pool; slow forest; kaleidoscopic flower forest, blooming field; flow switches direction, towards, away from, across-ways; bubbling daisy assault; purple amoeba vie; clown fish, harlequin dot dance; filaments, huge spinning towers on diagonals; mirror-flashing oval sentinel comes to scrutinise; pillar storm in white space; inside bee swarm; Shoemaker-Levy Jupiter plunge from head of comet; loving pansy nurture; golden embryo growing; Brownian blizzard; Hell beseech, teeming soul sea; Swedenborg zone; blown glass world; bursting sieve, flame-burst, solar; wide oval dances for violet emperor-rictus, ecstatic lips; old tank in forgotten place, ancient loss, calm struggle; dreaming in ever-warren; Autumn pastel blaze; purple need in phloem tubes; underground hive network; Purple glint mirror; Aurora Orionaris; glimmer sky; black and white fractured glass mountains; murder havoc white hooded assassins; burnt amethyst network over golden void; inner-space reticulum - marred part, old domain; parenchyma air filled pockets; sand grain red fuchsia flows; impossible geography; enormous machine face behind network; grape bunch cityscape; resinous amber blaze; black and green murk world; Klee goldfish; flustering rainbow coloured underworld, flashing; alchemist's flask; rainbow frost.
This is for Claire, my favourite hispanophile.
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