Synchronicity, the collision of apparently unrelated ideas or events, has become an increasingly common occurrence in my life as I've become more involved with digital technology. Earlier this week I was reading an article in The Guardian about film-maker Andrew Kotting on my i-pad. I switched over to Youtube to watch his movie Gallivant, which incidentally, is brilliant. One link led to another and I was soon delving into the work of one of Kotting's biggest influenced - Stan Brakhage.
Check back to an earlier post on this blog and you'll find a link to a Youtube video combining scenes from Taxi Driver with music by Suicide. The movie was edited by lazergliderspaceman, whose channel has load of great videos. One of them is a Brakhage movie called Desist, featuring a bunch of Beats getting seriously stoned, a scene reminiscent of one that Shaky Kane has drawn for issue 2 of The Bulletproof Coffin, which by coincidence has been posted today on Steve Cook's secret Oranges blog. Few people are aware that Brakhage was a close friend of cult artist Destroyovski, who in turn worked with and inspired Shaky Kane.
Which is as good a reason as any for you all to watch Desist right now! The movie was shot in 1954.