‘The Machine of Eden’, a film by Stan Brakhage, is an example of formal conceptualization of ‘american wide open space’ grasped into the 16mmm frame.
A film by Stan Brakhage about the forgetfulness and death. The opening image of a dead bird in a box and later images of a snowy path suggest that this film was occasioned by the burial of a bird. Some flows of jarred motifs bank up in elliptical transformations in fleeting, ephemeral, unpredictable imagery. Referred to as the third part of a trilogy, with ‘Sirius Remembered’ and ‘The Dead’, this film is a perfect ‘visual thinking’ of the death-at-work and one of the most amazing ‘metaphors on vision’ Brakhage has ever made.
from Criterion’s By Brakhage An Anthology vol. 2