Songs of Innocence and Experience: The Films of Lawrence Jordan
Location: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh (Map it)
Songs of Innocence and Experience: Lawrence Jordan
Friday, October 13 7pm
Our Lady of the Sphere (1969, USA, 35mm 9 min.)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977, USA, 16mm, 42 min.)
Presented in conjunction with the William Blake and the Age of Aquarius exhibition, this program of two seminal works by the great experimental filmmaker Lawrence Jordan showcases his masterful collage animation style. Jordan’s films mirror the mysteriousness and hallucinatory qualities of Blake’s poetry. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of his more straightforward films. Based on the poem by Blake’s fellow Romantic Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jordan’s film visualizes the story, with narration by Orson Welles, without losing the poem’s sense of strangeness and wonder. Jordan’s best-known film, Our Lady of the Sphere, follows the travels through space, and perhaps time, of a strange orb-headed being, who might be an explorer or might yield some unknown power over the places visited.