Viet Flakes

  • Carolee Schneemann
  • 1965
    • United States
  • 7 min
  • Black and white
  • 16 mm
  • Production
  • Carolee Schneemann

Viet Flakes was composed from an obsessive collection of Vietnam atrocity images, compiled over five years, from foreign magazines and newspapers. Schneemann uses the 8mm camera to "travel" within the photographs, producing a volatile animation. Broken rhythms and visual fractures are heightened by a sound collage by James Tenney, which features Vietnamese religious chants and secular songs, fragments of Bach, and 1960s pop hits.