Peyote Queen

Storm de Hirsch | USA | 1965 | 9' | Certificate: TBC


Barras Art and Design

Sunday 19 June 18:30

Aya Films Presents: Dystopian Dreams

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This event centres on three elements of life which have seen renewed curiosity - Spiritualism, Nuclearism and Futurism. At a time where the dizzying effect of life is reaching tumultuous levels this event will bring together film, food, performance and critical thinking taking audiences on an immersive journey that considers our time and place. It will fuse together concepts of feminism, mythology, mysticism and ecology with place and genre in order to create an experiential event.

Director Storm De Hirsch was a key figure in the New York avant-garde film scene of the 1960s. Although often overlooked by historians, in recent years she has been recognised as a pioneer of underground cinema. De Hirsch circumvents the camera by painting or etching directly onto celluloid, creating textured and colourful imaginary and juxtaposing animation with live action, figuration with abstraction.

Peyote Queen is the second and best known part of de Hirsch's trilogy, The Color of Ritual, the Color of Thought. It is preceded by Divinations (1964) and Shaman (1966). The film's imagery is abstract, consisting of both live action footage and animated sequences which de Hirsch created by painting and etching directly on the 16mm film stock. Split screens, kaleidoscopic lenses, and abstract animations are used to create a psychedelic effect.