Archive for October, 2013
Before we begin, what is “The Mind’s Eye” referring to? Why sheer human imagination of course, the images we see in our mind everyday but exist on some other realm of reality.
Now what’s the problem?
The Problem is if we perceive an image, we take this as “objective truth”, I’ll come back to this. If we perceive something say, “auditory”, that lies in the realm of the “subjective”.
Allow me to illustrate: You’re alone in your house, it’s night time, when suddenly, from another room, you hear a loud bang. We’ve all been here, and we all have the same reactions, almost fight or flight. Could someone be trying to break in? If your superstitious, was it a ghost? You’re mind makes up all sorts of “possible” “what-ifs” to the reality based on this auditory stimulus… and this… is “The Mind’s Eye” in action.
Now, let me put you in the room where the “loud bang” took place. Say your in a kitchen, and you have a cereal box on the table, you witness this time, the same event, only this time you see what caused the event… your cat got on the table and knocked the cereal box onto the ground. The fight or flight is most certainly lessoned because you “objectively perceived” what happened.
Stan Brakhage I think got the question right about “The Mind’s Eye”, but the answer wrong. From my observation there is only oh-so-much you can accomplish with visual-variables, visual abstractions, to move “The Mind’s Eye” in one direction or another. He neglected the very thing that could make it work which is the auditory variable in cinema.
Now what’s the Solution?
I’ve come back to the wonders of this equation. So, here we are, at the two essential bases of cinema: Visual and Audio Stimulus. But what to do? You DISPLACE the Variables:
To put it clearer: You see a visual stimulus play out which the audio track either follows, (or doesn’t), on it’s own separate terms. Since the variables are separated, you lose faith in your observation, because the auditory is telling you different… and vise-versa. This is where “The Mind’s Eye” comes into play.