Category Archives: Hermetic Library video

The Hermetic Library video pool is an experimental scavenger hunt for video from a living Western Esoteric Tradition. Motion pictures have a peculiar kind of magic certainly, but these are video records of people, places and events inspired by the ideas of Western Esotericism and Mysticism. Music video, interviews, rituals, instruction, documentaries, dramatizations – This group helps create a space for saving and sharing these records with others. If you would like to participate, contact the librarian.

DUCHAMP SPINNING GLASS from Francesca Fini on Vimeo.

video by Francesca Fini
music "Duchamp" by Isuzu Kochiwa

Uno spezzone di Telegiornale RAI è stato digitalizzato, allungato verticalmente fino a spappolare l'immagine, quindi fatto ruotare vorticosamente su se stesso, trasformandosi in un fascio di colore. Così una registrazione del mondo reale diventa una trama astratta, come nei dischi di vetro rotanti di Duchamp nei quali il mondo di fuori si disintegra. Su questo video manipolato digitalmente è stato sovrapposto il frammento di una pura fiction hollywoodiana, trattato graficamente alla stessa maniera, creando intrecci la cui valenza simbolica non è dato sapere, perché quello che i due video raccontano e documentano si è dissolto nel trattamento digitale.
Questo video nasce anche dalla scoperta della musica di Isuzu, artista giapponese che ha Duchamp ha dedicato un suo brano.

> Francesca Fini videoartista, performer e filmmaker romana.
> Isuzu Kochiwa vive a Osaka ed è il leader del gruppo post noise giapponese "Amok". Isuzu usa il suo computer, la sua voce e differenti elementi acustici per creare microsuoni, pesaggi acustici stratificati verso la totale psichedelia.

A sample of an Italian tv news program has been captured and digitized, stretched vertically to crush the image and then spun wildly on itself, turning into a beam of light. So the Italian tv distorted registration of the real world becomes a feverish plot made of pure color, as in Duchamp's rotating glass disks in which the outside world disintegrates. On this piece of digitally manipulated video was then superimposed a sample of an hollywood motion picture film, treated the same way, but along the horizontal axis, creating plots whose symbolic value is not to be known, because what the two videos illustrated and documented dissolved in the digital manipulation.
This video is part of a project that aims to remix and reinterpret the historical and contemporary imagery dealing with reality.
>video By Francesca Fin
>music "Duchamp" by Isuzu Kochiwa

American Flags (2011) from Zoë Heyn-Jones on Vimeo.

Inspired by the diary/notebook films of Jonas Mekas and Marie Menken, American Flags (Dir. Zoë Heyn-Jones) casts a glance at the flag-saturated landscape of America seen through Canadian eyes. Between foreign and domestic, the extraordinary and the banal, American Flags invokes ideas of autoethnography, experimental geography, home movies, nostalgia, naïveté, and the legacy/genealogy of experimental film in New York City. Informed by Tzvetan Todorov’s The Conquest of America, the strange notion of claiming land by planting a flag is considered through social positionality and art practice informed by Indigenous land rights and solidarity.

Utopyk & El Fulminador – Rätsel (Original) from Fulmen Records on Vimeo.

Music video for Rätsel (Original) by Utopyk & El Fulminador.

Rätsel is a song by Utopyk & El Fulminador, recently released on Fulmen Records as part of the album "2011" and also as a maxi-single with remixes by different artists. Get your copy on the following links:

Utopyk & El Fulminador – 2011 (Album):
Utopyk & El Fulminador – Rätsel (Remixes):


Direction: El Fulminador
Actors: Utopyk Jones, El Fulminador, Saske Kun
Camera: Eduardo Lopes, Mercedes Cánepa
Lighting: Diego Castellano
Postproduction: Eduardo Lopes, Laura Maper
Edition: Eduardo Lopes, El Fulminador, Mercedes Cánepa, Laura Maper
Color correction: Laura Maper, Ana Izquierdo