For the Birds

Keith Sanborn

2000, 08:00 minutes, colour, English


Part three of a cycle of digital video works I'm beginning to call - after Bataille - Theory of religion, theory of ecstasy." The other two parts are Mirror and The Zapruder Footage... . This tape is inspired by the 11th century Sufi mystical text The Conference of the Birds. It is a text which explores transparency and opacity, multiplicity and unity, narrative and insight, the mundane and the ecstatic. I include a postscript from the text which i included at the end of the tape perhaps best responds to the attempt to parse it: "Seek the trunk of the tree and do not worry whether the branches do or do not exist.."

note: tape has no images -slow passage from black to white. Has titles and track

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