[quoth] maya deren, alexander hammid: meshes of the afternoon

Memory makes possible imagination, which is the ability to so accelerate real, natural processes that they become unreal and abstract. It can telescope into a moment's thought an evolution which might take centuries and fail to occur altogether. It can arrange desirable conditions which, in nature, would have to occur as rare coincidence. Invisibly, and without the critical failures of actuality, man, in his mind, shuffles and re-shuffles the elements of his total experience - sensations, ideas, desires, fears - into a million combinations. In works of fantasy we can see the process as it occurs: the curious and often fascinating energy of a mind at work. (Deren: An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film, 13)

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