A Christmas Present from Talking Pictures: “Observando El Cielo” by Jeanne Liotta

Christmas, 1958, Tampa, Florida. I was sure Santa would bring a pony, but he brought a tent. My brother, eleven at the time, was supposed to spend the night with me in it in the backyard, but he bailed, I woke up and there I was, five years old, ten feet away from the sleeping house, alone outside at night for the first time, under the stars and young enough to hear the higher frequencies. It’s uncanny the way Observando… brought me back to that moment.

This is how Liotta describes Observando El Cielo:

“Seven years of celestial field recordings gathered from the chaos of the cosmos and inscribed onto 16mm film from various locations upon this turning tripod Earth. This work is neither a metaphor nor a symbol, but is feeling towards a fact in the mist of perception, which time flows through. Natural VLF radio recordings of the magnetosphere in action allow the universe to speak for itself. The Sublime is Now. Amor Fati!”

This is a short excerpt. I hope you have a chance to see the whole film in a theater, it’s a mind-blowing experience.


(hit icon to the left of the word “Vimeo” to watch full screen)