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Flame Theater

Andrei Severny and I made a new movie, Flame Theater.

It is helpful to watch at full screen and listen on a reasonably competent set of speakers.

This video is also available on YouTube and Vimeo

-- Edward Tufte

Response to Flame Theater


My dog—a year-old chow/shepherd mix—was moved by it, too. He heard the music from the next room, ran in, and then followed the image on the screen. Through the rest of the piece, he tried to bark but was too stupefied to get out more than a whimper.

He’s already back to earth, though. As I was typing this, the neighbors slammed a car door, and he let out the deepest, most resounding bark I’ve yet heard from him.

-- Cliff Tyllick (email)

"Stop comparing what you see to something else. Describe what you see. The rocks are yellow. The shadows go that way." --ET, June 2007

-- Niels Olson (email)

Behind the scenes

The thick rough steel, probably used as a road plate at one time, was cut by a flame torch guided by an optical scanner reading my drawing for parts of a sculpture.

The work was done by Sal Rizzo of Salsco, Inc., a manufacturer of power equipment in Cheshire, Connecticut.

The sculpture being cut from 2 inch plate is a forthcoming large version of Tong Bird of Paradise.

-- ET

What a lovely video. The visual component gives an entirely new perspective, as it is often difficult to view welding or cutting procedures without protective eyewear. The soundtrack is excellent; it reminds me slightly of a fantastic Tom Waits track, What's He Building in There? from the album Mule Variations.

Bravo to Edward and Andrei.

-- Brian Kelly (email)

Sound effects

What the sound tracks for Tom Waits and Flame Theater have in common is an Edgard Varèse sound.

-- Edward Tufte

NASA flame and ice theater

-- Edward Tufte

Threads relevant to sculpture:
Ace and Porta do multimedia
Bird Series
Aluminum and stainless steel; many, many pieces moving in the air.
Bouquet sculpture series--and Walking, Seeing, Constructing
Beginning of Bouquet series (now 7); along with theoretical statement beginning the volume 5 project.
Buddha with Bird Nest: sculpture
Complex sculptural shapes
Dear Leader I: landscape sculpture May 2006
Narrative piece about some mysterious porcelain objects in a stainless steel perspective box.
Dog sculpture (Porta the Portuguese Water Dog)
ET Modern
ET museum/gallery in the Chelsea Art District in New York 2010-2013.
ET show at George Champion Modern Shop
ET gallery show in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Escaping Flatland sculptures
Ten large stainless steel pieces in the landscape generate many views and painted color fields as the sun moves across the sky and the season changes.
Feynman Diagrams, Edward Tufte sculptures and exhibits
The Conceptual and Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams. Art show + 16 page essay.
Georgia O'Keeffe and Escaping Flatland
Hogpen Hill #1: sculpture installed August 2006
First major piece (24 feet light, stainless steel) installed in new 122 acre sculpture park underway in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Ironstone artworks, torqued steel
Magritte's Smile
Masks Quartet, 2011
bronze casting
Megaliths, Continuous and Silent, Stuctures of Unknown Significance
Stone+air artworks. Scuplture, megaliths
Millstone sculpture series
Massive industrial pieces sorting out circles and light. Redesigning and repurposing scrap from nuclear power plant.
Multiplicity in visual experiences (ET presentation for a museum show)
Nine reviews of ET's Aldrich Museum sculpture show
ET museum show in Connecticut 2009-2010

Paradox sculptures
Petals 1-3
Aluminum hyperbolic paraboloids in the landscape reflect light and shadow. The pieces move with the contour of the land.
Philosophical Diamond Signs
Philosophical alerts, imperatives, and thoughts about the path past and future.
Rocket Science
~32 feet (10 m) high and ~72 feet (22 m) long, and is constructed from ~48,000 pounds (22,000 kg) of rusting scrap steel
Rocket Science #2 (Lunar Lander)
Rocket Science 3: Airstream Interplanetary Explorer
Sculpture Forgings
Steel forging mounted on wood base. Blacksmithing video.
Sculpture: Negative space studies
Three table pieces; strong positive elements create active negative volumes (the air) to torque. Movies.
Seeing Around: New ET essay published
Skewed Machine
Spring Arcs, an ET landscape sculpture
Four solid stainless steel arcs in the landscape. Long thread, many photographs on meaning, construction, viewing of the piece.
Stainless steel images: anisotropic calligraphy
Big series of engraved 3D anisomorphic images that move with light.
Steel sculptures
Rough, thick, rusting steel, with surface images in the steel's patina.
Table sculptures
About a dozen major table pieces in wood, steel, stainless steel.
The Drawing Center fax show: ET exhibits
The Twigs: Landscape artworks made from steel and air
The beautiful Twig. Steel, 32 feet high, with accompanying thread on reading the piece and the complexities of modeling large 3D objects.
Theater Museum artworks
Tong Bird of Paradise
Towers: a new memorial for 9/11
Visual complexities of light, shadow, perpsective. Perforated stainless steel.
ZZ Smile (Zerlina's Smile)

Threads relevant to video:
Multiplicity in visual experiences (ET presentation for a museum show)

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