By turns lyrical, technical, and philosophical Stan Brakhage’s 1963 book Metaphors on Vision stands as the major theoretical statement by one of avant-garde cinema’s most influential figures. Out of print for over 40 years, Metaphors on Vision has just been republished by Anthology Film Archives and Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. On this occasion, Scrivener’s Monthly is pleased to welcome Thomas Beard of Light Industry to present on the landmark text alongside a screening of three of Brakhage’s films related to the book: The Dead (1960), Anticipation of the Night (1958), and Mothlight (1963).
Thomas Beard is a founder and director of Light Industry, a cinema in Brooklyn, New York, as well a Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He has organized screenings for Artists Space, the Centre Pompidou, Harvard Film Archive, the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and Yale Union, among other venues, and in 2010 he co-curated the film program for the Whitney Biennial. His writing has appeared in Artforum, The Believer, Film Comment, frieze, Texte zur Kunst, and Triple Canopy.