13/01/17: Puzzle R1
Column: Rule of Three

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Balls
directed by Nicolai Fuglsig
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The fingerpicking of an acoustic guitar, soft slides squeaking on strings. A residential hill in San Francisco, seen from above, birds flying by. A telegraph pole, a fire hydrant. Then, a trio of bouncing balls, bounding down the pavement in slow motion. They are soon joined by thousands more, descending the slope in colourful flurries, off car bonnets and rooftops, slowing to a bob to gather in the gutter at the bottom. A dog watches in interest, a frog leaps from a drainpipe in surprise, a dustbin is upturned. At times, the translucent spheres soaring past seem to hover in the air, gaudy orbs buzzing in a cloud of activity.

Words by John Wadsworth

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More to discoverYou can watch Sony BRAVIA's full 'Balls' advertisement here, and view a making-of video here. Jennifer Faull has also discussed the ad with Sony's Mikio Nakazawa for The Drum. The song featured is a cover version of The Knife's 'Heartbeats', rearranged and performed by José González. A collection of Sony BRAVIA advertisements can be found on the company's website, including: 'Paint', directed by Jonathan Glazer; 'Play-Doh', directed by Frank Budgen; and 'Petals', directed by Jaron Albertin.

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Kitchen Garden
by Sophia Parnok
Poem

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The narrator of ‘Kitchen Garden’ tackles the hardships of horticulture. Blisters and calluses mark hands and feet. Roots are torn from earth. A shovel struggles with desiccated dirt, splitting apart the salty soil so that seeds can be sown, and lives grown. The land and the planter fight, neither prepared to retreat, the ‘atavistic vengefulness’ of one met with the lively cry of the other: ‘I will out-stubborn your stubbornness!’ Come spring, the effort will prove itself worthwhile. A pumpkin will ‘loose her serpent tresses’, ‘sprightly peas’ will curl. Even now, clammy spine running with sweat, the protagonist experiences the sensation of victory.

Words by John Wadsworth

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More to discoverSophia Parnok's 'Kitchen Garden' can be read, along with many other works by the poet, on the website of translator Arlindo Correia. An excerpt taken from Diana Lewis Burgin's biography of Parnok can be read on Google Books.

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Stacking
developed by Double Fine Productions
Video game

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As the smallest in a family of matryoshka dolls, Charlie Blackmore is the only one not required to work. His siblings have been forced into child labour, and it falls to Charlie to save them. Fortunately, his diminutive size means that he can hop inside other dolls, using their varied skill sets to solve the series of puzzles that stand in his way. Humour lights up the sooty setting; fans can be used for circulating noxious odours, while soupy sneezes are effective at inducing infections. Narrative asides are told in the style of a silent film, complete with grainy intertitles. Left to investigate this absurd world, we find that the fun foibles soon start to stack up.

Words by John Wadsworth

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More to discoverA trailer for Stacking is available here, and many playthroughs of the game have been uploaded to YouTube. If you are looking for some reading material about the game, Scott Juster has written an article, titled 'Nested Design in Stacking', for PopMatters.

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Today's question: What word beginning with 'R' links these three artworks? Once you have found the solution, let us know which other works share the link on Facebook, Patreon, or Twitter.

Piano Sonata No. 5, a composition by Galina Ustvolskaya, a dissonant piece formed from economical counterpoint and crunching chord clusters. ()

– John Wadsworth, Silent Frame's Editor-in-Chief (via Patreon )

Puzzle difficulty: ★★★☆☆

Solution:  For the solution to this week's puzzle, check the Silent Frame website here.