I'm starting some research for a new piece I'm working on for my upcoming solo show. Somehow I wandered into MoMA's interactive exhibit on Salvador Dalí and stumbled upon this writing on his perspective on film. There's something strikingly similar to my view of the new practice I'm developing based on video.
Here's an excerpt from the introduction:
In his practice, film served many purposes: Its modernity was a weapon in his struggle against tradition; its position in mass culture gave him access to new audience; its combination of the real & the imagery demonstrated that the marvelous could be rooted in the banal; and its camera-eye offered new modes of seeing.
Suffused with the cinematic, his work, Dalí believed, would intoxicate viewers, sending them into a revelatory dream state. "The best cinema," he declared, "is the kind that can be perceived with your eyes closed."