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Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization by Dan Pontefract

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Chapter Seven

The Participative Leader Framework

The Untutored Eye

Stan Brakhage was a filmmaker like no other. Of the 370-odd films he made (in 8 mm or 16 mm formats) in a career that spanned more than five decades, most were silent and ranged in length from nine seconds to four hours. Brakhage was a believer in the act of seeing. His films were not the norm in terms of having protagonists and antagonists. Nor did they consist of typical Hollywood-style treatments, story arcs and denouements. Some say his films are light-filled poetry, highly subjective and metaphorical reflections on vision that make you think beyond what the film is about, to take you to where you should be.

Think of Brakhage's work as visual stimuli. He wanted you to think, but what he really wanted was for you to see. He wanted you to see differently. He was a precursor to Apple's now-ubiquitous slogan “Think Different.” Brakhage's art is as cerebral as it is groundbreaking. His goal was to liberate your eye and to blatantly suggest you have no limits. Think of it as unconventional illusion.

Brakhage didn't want the viewer to see his films within the conventional boundaries of perception. He saw the world as fluid, in four dimensions rather than two or three. He felt society had self-imposed limitations, and his films are not only anti-establishment; they are anti-habitual. They not only break the mold; they make you think. And they make you think deeply. The films question viewers’ perceptions and challenge ...

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