Archive of films By Pain and Rhyme and Arabesques of Foraging / By Pain and Rhyme and Arabesques of Foraging

2013, 8 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2013

Inspired by the work of Irish natural philosopher Robert Boyle, the movie presents a dreamlike series of impressions that, in addition to corresponding to the thinker’s legacy, set in motion a challenging game with the film medium. The result is an experimental picture with an undeniable timeless quality.


This timeless experimental film draws on the work of 17th century scientist Robert Boyle to present a varied combination of texts, objects, colours and textures. The traditional tone of the cinematic impressions takes us back into the past (evocations of Boyle’s era, projection using damaged film stock) and the images have something of a cathartic quality about them. The title of this dream-like, mood- -inducing film, a tribute of sorts to the Irish thinker, was inspired by a Jorie Graham poem and underlines the nature of the 14-year process during which the film came together.

About the director

David Gatten (b. 1971, Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an American teacher and experimental filmmaker who blends the printed word and moving image to explore different historical eras. His works have been presented at numerous film festivals and are housed in galleries in the USA and beyond. Selected filmography: Hardwood Process (1996), The Great Art of Knowing (2004), The Extravagant Shadows (2012).


David Gatten
, , Four Mile Canyon
United States of America
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, HD CAM

Section: Imagina
Director: David Gatten
Screenplay: David Gatten
Dir. of Photography: David Gatten
Editor: David Gatten
Producer: David Gatten
Contact: David Gatten

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