LIGHT LICKS: BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON: I WANT TO PAINT IT BLACK

Saul Levine | U.S. | 2011 | 12m
color | sound | Super 8 blow up to 16mm, projected at 18 frames per second

Light Licks are a series of films, which are made frame by frame often by flooding the
camera with enough light to spill beyond the gate into the frame left unexposed. Light Licks are ecstatic flicker films inspired by jazz and mystic visionary practice.

By the Waters of Babylon is a sub series within the Light Licks, inspired by
Psalm 137, a meditation on the experience of forced exile.

I WANT TO PAINT IT BLACK
I spent the week of Thanksgiving 2010 in Prague; I had never been to Europe before and
as a Jew born in the World War II, I had a strong association of central Europe with
the Holocaust. I found Prague to be an extremely charming and beautiful city, an
architectural palimpsest as it hadn’t been bombed. In this Light Licks I responded to the
city in the present tense but kept being drawn into its past. The grave of Rabbi Judah
Lowe the alleged maker of the Golem, alleged descendent of King David, and certainly
one of the great Jewish scholars and mystics of his time, the absence of a contemporary
Jewish community, and the wonderful statues bridges and buildings led me to make this
dark Gothic reflection of 21st century Prague.—Saul Levine

Screens as part of The Red and The Black.

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