Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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The Year of the Cat

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So this came in by catmail. Going through the archives, I found a 2010 “Year of the Tiger” image, a 2009 image posing as a 3009 time travel postcard after the flood [“Souvenir de Conenhague,” the city underwater with Guillaume in a time travel capsule doing a fly-by], and a 2006 “Year of the Underdog [Snoopy 1951]” image. It seems we have a tradition on our hands, though gaps are to be expected. We wish all the cats under the...

Wikileaks Dit Tout Sur Guillaume

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This portent of breaking news came to our catmail account, a sole image bearing the title “GEE NObs.”
Les contenus exacts, des révélations sans doutes scandaleuses, sont actuellement pas disponisbles… Guillaume lui-même, tiré ici à ce qu’il paraît par les paparazzi, n’en dit rien.

Scenes from La Salle

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As a visual addendum to the recent Beaubourg + Second Life screening of La Jetée, organized by Les Films du Jeudi, we present some images Laurence Braunberger sent along, for which we are grateful. The cinema and the screening room for the event (and we hope of course that it is the beginning of a series) were constructed by Max Moswitzer aka MosMax Hax and the bar La Jetée (based on the famous Tokyo watering hole as seen, among other places, in Wenders’...

L’Archipel Fantôme: An Appreciation

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Thanks to Quentin D. for alerting us to a fascinating poem-image collage narrative entitled L’Archipel Fantôme, set in the virtual space of Second Life, one of many lives known to the transmigrating cat. Though veiled with  elegant self-effacement, this rêverie bears the signature, to our senses, of the master’s hand, mind and spirit (though it is not his own, as we have learned post-post). The story presents a kind of back and forth play of images and...

Guillaume’s Adieu & the Disorder of Time

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Prompted out of a kind of suspended time of my own by several emails from Christophe Payet, “journaliste pigiste,”  I found my one-d and zeroed way to the above image on poptronics’  site, and thought about the strange swirling of time, the wounds of time as they might possibly exist in the New Year within the being named Chris Marker. I wandered simultaneously upon a passage in Roberto Bolano’s 2066, which has been keeping me company late...

The Nine Lives of Guillaume-en-Égypte

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The French “pop lab” – extension São Paulo – poptronics has published a special “poster-journal” edition devoted to Chris Marker, or more precisely, to his omnipresent feline parallel self, Guillaume-en-Égypte, entitled guillaume-en-égypte au brésil/no brasil (numéro 11, 10/2009). Throughout, the issue uses as background photographs, devolved to duotones, that seem to tease at revealing the working space of a cinephile, librarian, collector...

Wexner offers Chris Marker’s History of Art Postcards

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Chris Marker, History of Art – 10 postcard set (OOP) While browsing the Wexner Center Chris Marker Store of late, along with the recent release of the English text of Coréennes with a letterpress cover, we came upon an additional collector’s item created by Chris Marker—a set of 10 postcards re-visiting, from a cat’s perspective, the History of Art. The set is published by Peter Blum, curator of the recent extensive gallery show of Marker’s...

Disguises

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And we too tried to be no nearer
In “death’s dream kingdom”
Under our disguises
Cat’s coat, owlskin, and the rest
Behaving as cats behave
No nearer
Chris Marker, A Farewell to Movies, 35

Inner Time of Television

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Lately – and late at night mostly – I’ve been reading a rather obscure tome entitled The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies, by Thomas McEvilley (New York, Allworth Press, 2002). The book, like the exhibition discussed below – albeit in a much different manner – serves to dismantle the long-held conceit of the hegemony of ancient Greece as an immaculate and self-contained birthplace of (Western) civilization, so...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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