MEA CULPA
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In Conner’s first collaboration with David Byrne and Brian Eno and coming near the end of his active filmmaking career, Conner used footage from educational films to create a rhythmically austere imagetrack for music from their pioneering "sampling" album, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1981). Byrne's band Talking Heads later created the music video for Burning Down the House as homage to Conner's thematic and editorial style. ┬áCompared to his earlier works, the film is slower and more considered, perhaps even tranquil, as Conner transforms elements of industrial and scientific footage into graphic abstractions before setting them adrift in space, gliding to the song’s sinister, percolating beat. In their purity of form, and in Conner’s contentedness to let the objects be, the film recalls the rhythmic compositions of Hans Richter from a generation earlier.