Josh Winsor’s Harry Smith Seance Poster

Originally posted on Harry Smith PDX:


Josh Winsor designed this poster for Harry Smith PDX’s two events at the Hollywood Theatre on May 16.

The overlay of shapes come from the collection of slides Harry Smith used during his live projection of Heaven And Earth Magic (1962). When Harry projected Heaven And Earth Magic, he fused two images on the screen – one from the 16mm print going through a projector, and one from a slide projector into which he would insert various masks which acted as frames to shape the moving image.

Various descriptions of Harry’s live projection techniques include his stated belief that the best presentation of Heaven And Earth Magic would be with four projectors. Not sure if he meant four 16mm projectors, or one 16 mm projector and three slide projectors!

We will be recreating Harry’s layering of moving image and slide projector image during our screening of Heaven And Earth Magic…

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the title says it all

Originally posted on Karin's Charivari:

I lived a full life during my visit to the Lego store. There was joy and sorrow, laughter, love, and anticipation—of course—because we were going to that place. We arrived doe-eyed and drooling, or at least they did. I was the reluctant driver. Just a note, I warned ahead of time. I’m not loaning you money—Christmas is coming and my toy budget is allocated. But just to look, they said, curious about the new models and there was the symptomatic searing of their allowance like a hot virus in their pockets. And the pain made it essential to eliminate the ache, the burden, of funds.


And cash heavy as they were, there was a certain confidence, a joie de vivre and tire-kicking stride as they eyed the boxes on the shelves. But what they had was really only a little and they wanted more, and the two oldest negotiated and…

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Originally posted on Old Time Party:

These books are available from The Harry Smith Archives.


Think of the Self Speaking: Selected Interviews

Here you’ll find the flavor and texture of Harry Smith’s conversation, his rambling, obscure, luminous, cantankerous genius. These interviews cover a quarter century and touch on the full range of Smith’s activity as groundbreaking experimental filmmaker, obsessive collector, folk music anthologist, visionary painter, student of Native American lore, anthropologist, cosmographer, alchemist, hermetic scholar, occultist, autodidact, and homegrown classic American eccentric.

Harry Smith: The Avant-Garde in the American Vernacular, edited by Andrew Perchuk and Rani Singh

Filmmaker, musicologist, painter, ethnographer, graphic designer, mystic, and collector of string figures and other patterns, Harry Smith (1923–1991) was among the most original creative forces in postwar American art and culture, yet his life and work remain poorly understood. Today he is remembered primarily for his Anthology of American Folk Music (1952)—an idiosyncratic collection of early…

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