Título original: Renai no Daikyouen
Título en inglés: Banquet of Love
Título en español: Gran Fiesta del Amor
Nombre del director: Haruka Mitani and Michael Lyons
Pais de producción: Japan
Año de producción: 2014
Created by Haruka Mitani & Michael Lyons, 2012-2014, to celebrate the Norman McLaren Centennial. The soundtrack is created optically using light sensors on the projection screen.
Renai no Daikyouen (Banquet of Love)
This abstract film was inspired by the occasion of filmmaker Norman McLaren’s 100th anniversary. Insects in their final moments chatter noisily, displaying extravagant colors and patterns. It is their great feast of love. The film was made by scratching and painting directly on 8mm film. Powder and layers of transparent lacquer were also applied, with more layers of paint, lending depth to the various colors. The soundtrack was created optically with an original system, ‘The Octopus’. Light sensors on the projection screen respond to the changing patterns in the film to control an analogue synthesizer. The film itself acts as a visual score.
This work is motivated by our interest in two technologies which some consider to be obsolete: 8mm film and analogue modular synthesis. The reasons for the appeal of film are not straightforward and not always clearly understood by artists themselves, but it is certain that film entails a distinct working process that affords tactile intimacy differing from a digital workflow. Direct film techniques include painting and scratching patterns onto an exposed film by hand and this allows lyrical, painterly expression. Likewise, patching an analogue synth with wires and tweaking the sound with knobs offers a tactile process that strongly differs from the experience of programming a computer, even using visual languages. More controversially, some have claimed that film offers visual qualities that would be difficult to simulate digitally and that the physicality of analogue synthesis offers a rich indeterminacy not easily attainable with digital synthesis.