Wittgenstein (Derek Jarman, 1993)


A humorous portrait of one of the 20th century’s most influential philosophers. This self-tortured eccentric, who preferred detective fiction and the musicals of Carmen Miranda to Aristotle, is a fitting subject for Jarman’s irreverent imagination. A visually stunning and profoundly entertaining work about modern philosophy and the dark genius that revolutionized it. –here




the Pressures of the Text (Peter Rose, 1983)

number 02 in the Vox 13 series

“[I]ntegrates direct address, invented languages, ideographic subtitles, sign language, and simultaneous translation to investigate the feel and form of sense, the shifting boundaries between meaning and meaninglessness. a parody of art/critspeak, educational instruction, gothic narrative, and pornography…”

(streaming or downloadable video available on ubuweb; link below.)

peter rose pictures: pressures of the text

Vox 13 Series (Peter Rose, 1982-2000)

featured selection: Peter Rose’s Vox 13 series, 11 films which together offer a “grand circumnavigation of the subject of language”.

Rose:  “By turns it is a reflexive riff on reading, a hyperdimensional performance piece about gesture, a horror story told by a computer, an opera about the voice, a documentary on the transience of language, a metanarrative about the elements of story, an Edenic parable, a kinetic koan, an arch ideological satire, a joke about semiotics, a materialist metaphor, and a performance piece about communication. The opus considers what it means to read, what it means to listen, when it is that we speak, how words acquire meaning, what it means to write, who we listen to, how we listen, what speaks, other ways we can speak, what the voice is, where language can be found, what words do to time, what holds stories together, and how light shapes language. There are reflections on time and language and there are explorations of the places where speech and power seem to intersect.”