The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Future is Now #7

Original caption:

A woman blows soap bubbles during the shooting of the first holographic film to be made at 25 frames per second on 126mm film. "Christiane and the Holobubbles" was made in August 1985 by Professor Smigielski at the Franco-German Institute of Saint- Louis in Paris. The film was made using a laser pulsing 25 times per second. The film lasts just one minute and can be viewed by only one person at a time, but nonetheless represents a major technical achievement.


Christopher said...

whatever happened to the hologram craze..that was neat o

Greg said...

I was thinking the same thing. The caption ends by heralding it as a major technological breakthrough and then in the intervening 24 years, nothing. That was 1985. Still haven't seen a major film made this way or even an experimental short subject.

Chris Rywalt said...

I don't hear anything about holograms these days, aside from commercial applications in bar code scanners and anti-counterfeit measures. And nothing about movies.

Recently artist James Turrell has shown large holograms as some of the art he creates. They're actually very good.