CINEMA: Painting in Time

CINEMA: Painting in Time


There’s a great line
by Lev Manovich that says that cinema
essentially became a new branch of painting,
painting in time. Think about it. No other technology
that preceded it for capturing the numinis
for clothing the numinis, unfolded in the dimension,
the fourth dimension of time. So photography, we were able
to take a picture of a moment. Ecstatic painting, again,
creating a portrait, a snapshot of an
ephemeral experience. Whereas, cinema became
this branch of painting that unfolds in time. And so, consider that notion. All of a sudden, we had a
technologically mediated dream space, a way to access a
portal to the numinis that unfolded in the
fourth dimension. So cinema became a
kind of waking dream where we could travel
in space and time, where we could travel in mind. This became more
than virtual reality. This became a real virtuality,
the simulated catharsis, the symbolic, allegorical
hero’s journey we got to take every
time we watched a movie. It became real, right? It was literalized
in our psyche. We became literally soul
surfers when we watch movies. And like the film,
“Inception” says, the director is able to
architect what is essentially a dreamspace that
the audience can then fill with their subconscious. Linkletter goes even farther. He says that human beings
knew how to watch movies because we’ve been doing it for
hundreds of thousands of years already in the dreamspace. And so the reason that it
was so natural, so intuitive, so innate for us to know
exactly how to watch movies when these came online,
was because we’ve been doing it every
night forever. So what we see with cinema is
that technological advancements met consciousness
in a new art form, giving us access to
new numinis realms. And I love this
notion because I love the transformative
capacity of cinema as a maximum,
ultimate expression of inner, subjective
explorations, transpersonal spaces, the spaces
of dreams, the spaces of mine, the liminal zones. It’s pushing the limits
of theatrical illusion to see what we can
learn about ourselves.

64 thoughts on “CINEMA: Painting in Time

  1. I'd like to say that music works for a painting in time. A painting you don't need to see, but can tell you a story just by feeling it. I'd also like to say that music is what makes cinema what it is. Without the music, films would have a lot less feeling, and paint a much narrower picture. That's just me though.

  2. The idea that we watch movies every night in our dreams and that movies are merely a recreation of a natrual process is brilliant. Also this is pretty AWEsome lucid dreamind device!
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  3. kewl. I'd like to see your next one hopefully about videogames, they're like 'interactive cinema', where the virtual character becomes an extension of one's persona, and you're not merely watching, but making choices that impact the next step of the digital journey.

  4. Another beautiful yet obvious idea explained wonderfully. Thank you sir. Film is an important part of the human condition.

  5. Maybe in the times of silent films but as sound was added it changed from moving paintings to it's own media. A dance with it's own song.

  6. @Shots of Awe i already emailed you and wrote u in facebook my facebook name is "Josh Auerbach" and i want to comment on your posts but cant because of your facebook settings. that really bothers me so pls fix that asap

  7. We don't travel in time. Time is a man made tool to record the ever-present. We write moments in different forms including cinema. And this isn't accessing the noumena, we cannot access that yet. No matter if it seems we have transcended our senses, we are still using our senses to perceive things like cinema. We still use our personal lenses to translate things like cinema.

  8. Cinema is an expression of one humanity's life and <3. If it's can live forever so we also can do it. Last spread it beyond our limits with crystals.

  9. Reminds me of Lynch's inspiration to make movies: to make paintings that move. I also remember learning about the Lascaux cave paintings in art history and how we don't know their purpose. I couldn't help thinking "yes, we do. It's a movie theater."

  10. Production masterpiece. Thanks I'm so grateful Jason. People should share and explore this cutting edge ideas and connect them to now to reality. Brave new future shines ahead of Us. Peace and liberation for today's dreamers. We co-create – we deliver the message. Keep pushing the zone. 🙂

  11. Capturing spacetime digitally is but another way to transcend the boundaries of the universe, that you will one day concur.

  12. You focus too much on production when you should be focusing more on interesting, coherent topics.  This is just nicely presented, but it's just babbling about cinema that has no real coherent point.  You purposely use these overly complicated adjectives to try and make what you say sound more profound.  It's a big turn off in terms of interest.

  13. "No other technology that preceded it unfolded in the dimension of time."
    Except theatre, performance art, dance, etc…

  14. Wonderful explanations! Now we need directors that actually know what science is able to do (and has been doing) to improve the lives of everybody, and how our CIVILIZATION CAN DREAM BIGGER than the vicious and poor dystopias that some directors paint. I wonder if any director can dream at the scale of our incredible civilization and project our wondrous history forward (kind of interstellar, but at the scale of a civilization, you know, not just a group of heroes). Who is able to paint civilization? (As a source of quick information, watch crash course BIG HISTORY by John Green on Youtube). Really, i look forward for a talented director that can educate a whole generation about the civilization that we are part of (like the new tv show COSMOS by Neil deGrasse Tyson does, by the way). It is not that there is a lack of book; it is a matter of recalling the big authors like Arthur C. Clarke, Robert J. Heinlein, and Isaac Asimov, and others.

  15. Have you ever watched a movie so engrossing that when it ended you couldn't tell how much time had passed, or remember what you were doing before it? If you have, how can you not want to get back there?

  16. What you said made me wonder, whether people who tend to not remember their dreams, and hence think they don't dream, might perceive films differently or maybe display specific movie watching patterns or enjoy certain genres more. If anyone knows any research on this, let me know. Otherwise, some psychologist should explore this =)

  17. CINEMA: Painting In Time – Bravo, Mr Silva for bringing this imagery to us. But truly, there are very real, very obvious precursors to cinema that existed for a very long time. Theater. And even before that, pure story-telling.  Because cinema is not just pictures that move, it is a story that unfolds before us and while some cinema is about a visual experience, most is about presenting a story, the way a novel might if it used pictures. Or the way theater could with control of the point of view of the viewer through the camera. But at its best, cinema is like a waking dream, an experience. A shot… of awe.

  18. I think the strongest point is the limit of each person's imagination being shared and therefore able to be stepping stone's which allows us to reach further into the nether.

  19. Hi, what is name of the piano song in the end? Can't find it through the description and from "TrackID" it is like shazam and soundhound

    Cheers 🙂

  20. Human beings ,like many mammals,have been imaginaing scenarios and possibilites in their lives, and ''mind+ five- senses'' realms for millioins of years,and,now,finally,with technology-the film world and video gaming world- virtual spaces have been crafted that attempt to distribute, by ''sells'' the story's that are supposed to parallel internal mind &genomic space ,from the outside culture,looking back in….IF you buy it

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