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Title Art that moves : the world of Len Lye / directed by Roger Horrocks ; produced by Shirley Horrocks
Published Auckland : Point of View Productions, 2008


Description 1 online resource (19 min.)
Series Australasian video online
Summary Len Lye (1901-1980) was a pioneer of experimental animation, and also of kinetic sculpture. This short film dramatically presents 18 minutes inside the head of the artist as a teenager. The opening scenes are set in New Zealand in the year 1917, on the day when Lye (setting out on his bicycle to deliver newspapers) makes his excited discovery that motion can be the basis for a radically new approach to art. New Zealand in those days was a remote, conservative little country - a very unlikely place for an avant-garde artist to begin his career. But looking at fast-moving clouds, and suddenly seeing their patterns of movement as a kind of music, starts the young man on the path that would lead to him becoming a highly original film-maker and sculptor. Following this 'Eureka!' moment, a series of other dramatized scenes tracks what he does with the idea - the development of his artistic thinking, in particular his intense focus on the body and what he called 'the Old Brain'. He explores unusual forms of dance. He is drawn to the film medium but troubled by its habit of giving priority to story-telling over movement. Art that Moves ends with a montage sequence showing the ultimate fruits of his idea - his creation of films and kinetic sculptures, both informed by the same highly original sense of motion. These are Lye's ideas in action, with relevance to every film-maker, dancer, or artist who works with movement today
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed November 3, 2014)
In English
Subject Lye, Len, 1901-1980.
SUBJECT Lye, Len, 1901-1980. fast (OCoLC)fst00181807
Subject Artists -- New Zealand -- Biography
Experimental films -- New Zealand
Kinetic sculpture -- New Zealand
Experimental films.
Kinetic sculpture.
New Zealand.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Documentary films.
Form Streaming video
Author Horrocks, Roger.
Horrocks, Shirley.