White Space was created as a variation on the theme of Creation. The work uses the Creation story of Adam as a guide (“formed man from the dust of the ground”). A human head appears as animated ‘dust’ as it emerges from and descends into a chalky white pool. While the non-narrative short film can viewed as the original “man” being created by God, there are also references to science-fiction and the head takes on a ghostly ethereal quality…like an alien being from another planet. Influences of David Lynch as well as the repetitious music of minimalist composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich can also be seen. In addition to directing the video, Jym Davis also appears in the work.
As i already described Philip Glass in the previous post, he is a four-time Academy Award-nominated American classical music composer. He is considered one of the most influential composers of the late-20th century and is widely acknowledged as a composer who has brought art music to the public. Glass’s music is frequently described as minimalist, though he has distanced himself from that description, calling himself a composer of “music with repetitive structures”.
Links: Philip Glass page, Steve Reich page, Jim Davis page, Philip Glass on MySpace, Steve Reich on MySpace, Jim Davis on MySpace, Philip Glass on LastFM, Steve Reich on LastFM, Philip Glass on Wikipedia, Steve Reich on Wikipedia.