• From Stan Brakhage’s Deus Ex

South Side Projections, the local nonprofit that organizes esoteric screenings south of the Loop, has partnered with Poetry magazine to present Seeing the Light, a program of three experimental classics inspired by different poems. It takes place tomorrow at 7 PM at the South Side Hub of Projection, at 5638 S. Woodlawn , not far from Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago.

The program includes: Four in the Afternoon, a 1951 short by James Broughton that adapts some of the filmmaker’s own poems; experimental animator Larry Jordan’s 1977 visualization of Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner, with narration by Orson Welles (you can watch a clip of it here); and Deus Ex, a half-hour work by the legendary Stan Brakhage from 1971, around the time he made his masterpiece The Act of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes. Brakhage claimed to have found inspiration for Deus Ex in a poem by Charles Olson—which he discovered, incidentally, in an issue of Poetry he read during one of his stays at a Pittsburgh city hospital. All three shorts will be projected from 16-millimeter—making this program a must-see, given the central importance of celluloid texture in Brakhage’s art.