About

All the world knows me in my book, and my book in me.Michel de Montaigne

Je pense à un monde ou chaque mémoire pourrait créer sa propre légende.Chris. Marker

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Chrismarker.org is an randomly-compiled, taxonomically naive and hopefully useful archive of ruminations, bibliographic & filmographic notations, untimely meditations, mnemonic minutiae and other glosses on the cinematic, written, photographic and multimedia work of world-citizen & time-traveler Chris Marker – the “mercurial international man of semiotic mystery.”* (Or, as the endnotes to Abschied vom Kino puts it, Chris Marker is: “Autor, Aktivist, Filmemacher, Fotograf, Internaut, Kritiker, Medienkünstler, Poet, Publizist / Author, activist, filmmaker, photographer, Internaut, critic, media artist, poet, journalist.” We might add: friend to animals). In the end, the title he settled on was simply “bricoleur.”

For a bit of a traditional bio, check out NYT All Movie Guide’s Chris Marker Bio.

bonjour kittyWe welcome contributions in short article form from the global village that Marker helped to map. We also welcome Chris Marker news, links, memorabilia, aphorisms, quotations, images and stray insights. Contributions from animals are welcome too, of course, including but not limited to cats, owls, giraffes, emus and elephants (слоны).

The predecessor of this site was an old and crumbling edifice from the ’90s: silverthreaded presents chris marker, housed at a so-called tilde account in the dial-up days, in and amongst the rubble of a strange research project dubbed Cinema Paranoia. Upon this shaky base we build, quoting & glossing, writing when inspired, ever fascinated by and admiring always the oeuvre of Chris Marker, le plus célèbre des cinéastes inconnus.

Currently in 2016, I am focusing on expanding the site in several dimensions: (i) moving to a responsive design so I don’t have to rely on a plugin for mobile; (ii) adding image galleries for a more systematic presentation of Marker’s photography and photograms from his films; (iii) adding more primary writings by Marker in both French and English; and (iv) reaching out to Chris Marker aficionados, scholars and otaku for more guest articles. We’re off to a good start on this last item with the publication of chapter 1 of Chris Darke’s new book on La Jetée.

I will also be documenting the current state of his estate if possible, hoping to glean insights into the materials currently being catalogued by the Cinémathèque française. Also, I want to gather resources on distribution rights for all extant films, in both French and English. A more detailed exegesis of new books on Marker is also an primary goal before I get buried beyond recovery… That’s a lot to do, so if you are moved to help support the site, stay tuned for another upgrade on that front – improved donation functionality.

Il faudrait raser la Sorbonne, et mettre Marker à la place.Henri Michaux {‘so legendary that its precise reference is lost’ – R. Bellour}

Cimitière Montparnasse Chris Marker

* The L Magazine.

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Daniel L. Potter
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