The impulse behind my insistent concern with the triumphant achievements of science is most elemental: I believe simply that an analysis of any of man’s achievements may reveal basic principles of methodology which, properly adjusted to the immediate conditions of other problems, may lead to similar triumphs. My argument is that if such a procedure is to have any value, then it must be based on a thorough observation of the whole method, and not a tangential development of some portion of it.
Maya Deren, “An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film”
Reprinted in Nichols, Bill, ed. Maya Deren and the American Avant-Garde. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2001