Words, Planets

This film applies the six principles for composition delineated in ‘Opinions on Painting by the Monk of the Green Pumpkin’, written by the eighteenth-century Chinese painter Shih-T’ao as referenced in Raúl Ruíz’s essay ‘For a Shamanic Cinema’ (for example, ‘draw attention to a scene emerging from a static background’ or ‘add scattered dynamism to immobility’). The film is composed of scenes with non-actors, and texts by R.D.Laing and Lucy Lippard.

Made with:
Muhe Chen, Victor Artiga Rodriguez, Ashley Campbell, Anastasia Sargent, Tanner Cook and Hanah Lur Ebel Lertxundi

Filmed and recorded in:
Habana, Cuba; Los Angeles; Devil’s Punch Bowl; Ryan Mountain; Jurupa Hills, Pasadena and Idyllwild, California.

Text from:
Knots, R.D. Laing
I see / You mean, Lucy Lippard

Music: Faint Jade, Nikhil Banerjee
Colourist: Caitlin Díaz
Film scans: Andrew Busti and Light Press
Sound assistance: Ren Ebel, Christina C. Nguyen
Sound mix: Craig Smith
Titles: Lucas Quigley
Excerpt: Days of Being Wild, Wong Kar-wai

Thank you: Begoña Prado, Greg Pope, Tooth, Kate Dollenmayer, Luisa Cameron-Coat, Betzy Bromberg, Laura Merando, Usoa Fullaondo, Light Press Grant and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant





United States
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11 minutes

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Words, Planets (Laida Lertxundi, 2018)
Words, Planets (Laida Lertxundi, 2018)


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