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Young Life Out Of Balance: The Impact and Legacy of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’
I found myself thinking about how 10-year-old Mike responded to these overwhelming images. The process of meaning-making for a 10-year-old kid watching a film containing a sophisticated symbolic critique of modern life fascinated me. I decided to watch Koyaanisqatsi in 2019 with a close eye towards the images and sounds that had stuck with me subconsciously in the intervening third of a century, the sequences that offered today’s me a direct connection to my younger self. In childhood I was surrounded by films, cartoons, and other educational programming that transmitted the profundity and complexity of human existence and the universe directly into my growing brain. What did Koyaanisqatsi‘s sensory bombardment, its sometimes overwhelming contrasting of nature and technology mean to me then? And how did that meaning change for me as an adult, now fully conscious of and conversant with the issues Reggio raises?
koyaanisqatsi  godfrey-reggio  film  art  1980s 
22 days ago by jm
Koyaanisqatsi trailer recreated using stock footage
'Koyannistocksi is a shot-by-shot remake of the trailer for Godfrey Reggio's Koyaanisqatsi using only stock footage. A testament to Reggio's influence on contemporary motion photography, and the appropriation of his aesthetic by others for commercial means.'

Nailed it. This is why I find it hard to watch Koyaanisqatsi nowadays -- its imagery and style have been stolen by so many other filmmakers.
godfrey-reggio  koyaanisqatsi  ads  remakes  film  stock-footage 
april 2016 by jm

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