Corpus Callosum

"The corpus callosum is a central region of human brain tissue that sends "messages" between the two hemispheres. Corpus Callosum, the film (or "projected light celluloid or work"), is constructed from the idea of, represents, creates, examines, presents, is composed of, and is, "BETWEEN". Between beginning and end, between "natural" and "artificial", between fiction and reality, between listening and vision, between 1956 and 2002. It is a tragicomedy of kinematic variables. Corpus Callosum juxtaposes or contrasts the realism of normal metamorphoses (two extreme examples: pregnancy and explosions) in "real", credible interior spaces, with "impossible" changes of form (some made possible by digital animation). First of all, the camera, and later, we as an audience, observe the observations of "real" people represented in obvious staging situations. What we see and what they "see" is affected by changing modes of belief. Seemingly, it revolves around (although this is a non-narrative piece) a male protagonist and a female protagonist. However, as the sequences move forward, they are different people dressed identically or subjected to electronic alteration. The sound (electronic, like the image) also undergoes a continuous metamorphosis and, as the "nervous system" of the film, is as important to it as are its images, so that sound and image are two hemispheres gathered by the artist.

Corpus Callosum is decidedly "artificial". It not only aims to persuade, but also to be a perceived pictorial and musical phenomenon."

Michael Snow, 2002 Rotterdam Festival catalogue.

Michael Snow
92' 23''