On Light, or the Ingression of Forms

On Light, or the Ingression of Forms | 2007 | Circuit Bent Webcam->DV | 2:10

… all that sense can comprehend, is Light: because it partakes of that which it is. To comprehend dark, or a shape, it must withdraw from its own nature – it must withdraw or turn against its own electrical illuminating nature in order to comprehend a shape.1



An homage to the philosopher of light, Robert Grosseteste. Made using a circuit bent webcam.


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  1. “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. []