light is the first bodily form (2007) pays homage to the philosopher of light, Robert Grosseteste. The title is intended to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek since this video was made entirely in the dark, using only a circuit bent webcam. No additional computer effects were added to the video. The music is the song “Rain Serenade” by Natural Snow Buildings.
Circuit bending is the creative rewiring of toys and other low voltage electronics. I believe that I am one of the first people to circuit bend a webcam; however, circuit bending of other video equipment, such as the Fisher Price PXL 2000, is common.
- “Stan Brakhage – The Text of Light,” Cantrills Filmnotes 21/22 (April 1975). This text is a transcription of the introduction and the question-and-answer session after a screening of Brakhage’s film The Text of Light (1975). Brakhage was paraphrasing from Robert Grosseteste’s work, On Light or the Ingression of Forms.