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September 1, 2008

Response to "Kaleidoscope" by Dawei Xu


I found this film to be fairly interesting, and very aesthetically pleasing. In "Kaleidoscope", Dawei Xu finds intricate lines and pattern by flipping and rotating segments of video upon themselves. Strip malls become symmetrical ribbons streaming through the screen, people become a mix of abstract shapes and relaxing colors as move in and out, merging and disappearing within them self. It's a very captivating way of finding symmetry in everyday actions and surroundings. There is no narrative, with I think is a good thing, so not to distract the viewer from the images. What soundtrack it has pulses and matches the segments of the film, creating an immersive experience.