Andrew Noren (1943- )
A Change of Heart (1965), 81 minutes
Say Nothing (1965), 30 minutes
Recognitions (1965-1967), 240 minutes
The New York Miseries (1966), 80 minutes
Untitled (1966-67), indeterminate running times
Untitled (1966-67), various running times
The Wind Variations (1969), 18 minutes
Huge Pupils (Part I of The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse), (1968), 61 minutes
Scenes from Life (Part II of The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse), (1972), 30 minutes
False Pretenses (Part III of The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse), (1974), 67 minutes
The Phantom Enthusiast (Part IV of The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse), (1975), 70 minutes
Charmed Particles (Part IV of The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse), (1979), 78 minutes
The Lighted Field (Part V The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse), (1987), 61 minutes
Imaginary Light, (Part VI The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse), (1994-95), 29 minutes
Scott MacDonald: When I learned you're originally from Santa Fe, and that you continue to visit New Mexico regularly, I was surprised. It helps account for your fascination with light, but I'm amazed that you've not used that section of the country as a subject for a film.
Noren: The light there had a great influence on me and still does. There's a sense in which it made me. I was drawn to it very strongly, early in my life, a natural and very powerful attraction. An early memory of sitting under a cottonwood tree behind my parent's house, September afternoon light of great clarity with a wind blowing -- you know how cottonwood leaves shiver and tremble in the wind. I sat there watching in the light and the leaf shadows dancing on the dust, listening to the wind in the leaves. It was my first movie and a great one. I was bewitched by it.
At night out there the stars are so vivid and immense that the existence of other suns and other worlds is made very apparent, commonplace. I couldn't have expressed it at the time, but I came to realize back then that light is alive and intelligent...the living thought of the sun, you might say...and what could be more intelligent than the sun? There's a very real sense, a very literal unmystical sense in which this world and everything in it is made of the sun and by it. We are part of it. So, my interest in light is quite natural; there's nothing esoteric about it. It's been one of the great passions of my life.