You’ve heard those stories about someone putting a message in a bottle and throwing it into the ocean, and then somehow the bottle arrives at its destination some decades later, miraculously having pinpointed the intended target some 4,000 miles away?
It seems jejune to compare the films of French surrealist Man Ray to such a cliché dreamy storyline, but his films do boast the same sort of refracted but ultimately cohesive flow.
So it’s certainly a form of serendipity if not fate that the Spanish director Oskar Alegria found an album by Minnesota musician Richard Griffith‘s sitting on Ray’s grave in Paris while he was making a documentary about the experimental filmmaker.
The two disparate but conjoined worlds are set to come together tomorrow evening at the Walker.
Alegria and Griffiths — who have never met until now — will share the stage as the art museum screens the former’s new, completed documentary The Search for Emak Bakia, and the latter offers live accompaniment during a screening of Ray’s 18-minute masterpiece Emak Bakia (video above), a flowing film that was shot at a house on the Lapurdi coast.
For fans of the avant garde, the event is a can’t-miss.