Jordan Belson

  • Jordan Belson – Meditation (1972)

    Jordan Belson1971-1980ExperimentalShort FilmUSA

    Belson has made reference to the hallucinatory quality of his films, and he associates this form of imagery with interior vision that corresponds to the inward spiritual journey the mind can achieve through meditation. In Belson’s words, “the hallucinatory aspect of imagery is certainly inherent in my work and in the ideas relevant to my work.” In a program note that accompanies Meditation (1971), Belson states, “by diving deep through your spiritual eye you will see into the fourth dimension, aglow with the wonders of the inner world. It is hard to get there, but how beautiful it is!”Read More »

  • Jordan Belson – Re-entry (1964)

    1961-1970ExperimentalJordan BelsonShort FilmUSA


    “In Re-entry he successfully synthesizes the Yogic and the cosmological elements in his art for the first time by forcefully abstracting and playing down both of them…” P. Adams SitneyRead More »

  • Jordan Belson – Samadhi (1967)

    1961-1970ExperimentalJordan BelsonUSA


    Notable film theorist Gene Youngblood has this to say about the “Cosmic Cinema” of Jordan Belson in his classic book “Expanded Cinema”:

    “Certain phenomena manage to touch a realm of our consciousness so seldom reached that when it is awakened we are shocked and profoundly moved. It’s an experience of self-realization as much as an encounter with the external world. The cosmic films of Jordan Belson possess this rare and enigmatic power.Read More »

  • Jordan Belson – Allures (1961)

    1961-1970Amos Vogel: Film as a Subversive ArtExperimentalJordan BelsonUSA


    Originally a widely-exhibited painter, Jordan Belson turned to filmmaking in 1947 with crude animations drawn on cards, which he subsequently destroyed. He returned to painting for four years and in 1952 resumed film work with a series that blended cinema and painting through the use of animated scrolls. The four films produced in the period 1952-53 were Mambo, Caravan, Mandala, and Bop Scotch. From 1957-59 he worked with Henry Jacobs as visual director of the Vortex Concerts at Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco. Simultaneously he produced three more animated films, Flight (1958), Raga (1959), and Seance (1959). Read More »

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