Peter Bo Rappmund’s hypnotic thesis (for his degree at Cal Arts) is film art at its finest. It’s an hour of shots of the water cycle, specifically the waters from the Sierra Nevada mountains, through the aqueducts and concrete channels of LA, and on to the Pacific Ocean. To present this complete journey, Rappmund has used some kind of time lapse photography which allows us to see long patterns in a very short period of time. Ice drips, ripples blow and light is reflected from overhead freeways. The fifteen final minutes or so of footage of the waves, the horizon and amazing light (possibly smog-related) is magnificent. It is visually stunning and not even a little boring. It’s not just a nature film either, but a meditation on what’s hidden within cities and on how to see them in a new way.
You can still catch Psychohydrography on Thu, Oct 14th 12:20pm, Empire Granville 7 Theatre 1.