“Ama is a silent film. It tells a story everyone can interpret in their own way, based on their own experience. There is no imposition, only suggestions.
I wanted to share my biggest pain in this life with this film. For this is not too crude, I covered it with grace. To make it not too heavy, I plunged it into the water.
I dedicate this film to all the women of the world.”
Looking at a rapidly flowing stream or a thunderstorm leaves a strong visual impression, but many aspects of what is actually happening remain hidden from or are simply beyond the reach of observation, either by the naked eye or instruments. They have to be inferred from what can be observed, and this is a matter of interpretation, of imagination. It is very much the method Albert Einstein used in developing his theories of Relativity, because he could not directly observe objects moving close to the speed of light, or the movements of stars in interstellar space. In science it is called making a hypothesis, and the application of this method took modern physics far beyond empiricism (Newton had proudly claimed, “I make no hypotheses”), which was based strictly on what could be observed. Da Vinci, in this way as in others, anticipated future developments—he created hypothetical worlds that revealed the hidden structures of nature. These, in turn, helped him create paintings of great originality that are imbued with a lasting aura of conceptual power.
“Attersee (also known as the Kammersee or Lake Attersee) is the largest lake of the Salzkammergut area of Austria. It extends for about 20 km from north to south and 4 km from east to west. Its water comes from the Seeache, which flows out of another lake, the Mondsee.”
“All of the footage was captured on the edge of a large lake in the Catskill Mountains. “The temperature had dropped the night before and the lake was starting to freeze. Everything was half-frozen,” recalls Peking’s Nat Johnson. A lot of the footage was recorded with Snejina’s homemade kaleidoscope fastened to the lens of the camera. The footage was then manipulated by hand, projected and filmed again. “Super-8 projection has an anxious, hypnotic effect that we thought served Here We Go Magic’s song well. We wanted something simple and transcendent,” Snejina explains. “Look closely and you’ll enjoy beautiful patterns in the seemingly random imagery,” notes Peking co-founder, Greg Mitnick.”