Apichatpong Weerasethakul, For Bruce (致布魯斯), 2022
For Bruce is a 2-channel film installation made as a dedication to Bruce Baillie, the West Coast, United States filmmaker who died in 2020. Bruce Baillie was the foremost experimental filmmaker of the Bay Area and typified the experimental art scene of the 1960s. A catalytic artist, of huge inspiration to so many that followed, including Jonas Mekas and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, he was known for his lyrical landscape films, sometimes just composed of single panning shots. In 2022, two years after Bruce Baillie’s death, the Azkuna Zentroa – Alhóndiga in Bilbao staged Somewhere from here to heaven, curated by Garbiñe Ortega. The exhibition invited 4 contemporary film artists, all of whom cite Braillie as an influence, to produce a new work in response to his oeuvre. The show sketched a constellation of filmmakers from different generations, revealing the impact of Bruce Baillie on their own practice. The exhibition included the work of Ben Rivers, Ana Vaz, and Eduardo Williams, alongside Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and while, together, they eluded any kind of category or genre, they equally shared an interest in fusing the mystical and mundane, cosmic and personal, mythological and autobiographical. This was true of Weerasethakul’s contribution, which seen here, now, reads as a visual symbiosis between nature and the spiritual essence of things; on two screens we are invited to watch closely, carefully, conscientiously and without distraction, the ecosystems and rhythms of a stream and its banks. We see abundant life in the tadpoles and butterflies, we hear the cacophony of the forest, and our attention is attuned to nature in a way we may even take for granted if outside. A testament to the power of such slow, yet visionary film-making.
|Medium||Double-Channel Video Installation, 4K, 2 Synchronized videos, Stereo, Colour|
|Duration||18 minutes 46 seconds|
|Edition||of 5 + 2 APs|