Symmetrics (music credits anyone? Possibly Ravi Shankar?)
I don’t think I’ve mentioned American experimental filmmaker Stan Vanderbeek (1927 – 1984) on this blog. Today, I found his Symmetrics of 1972 on YouTube. Vanderbeek is one of those artists I discovered in the post-internet days. Before the advent of YouTube this usually meant reading about him only, apart from the occasional still one might find on the net, such as this very nice one.
Actually seeing Vanderbeek’s output on YouTube has proven to be very rewarding, especially after my disappointment in seeing much-read-about works Wavelength by Michael Snow (born 1929) and that other overrated “structural film” Serene Velocity by Ernie Gehr (born 1943).
These two last ones are deadly serious and devoid of any sense of humor; works such as Achooo Mr. Kerrooschev (1960)  by Vanderbeek are anything but that.
Click the numbers to see, hear.
If you like the work of Vanderbeek, you may also enjoy Len Lye.