Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Jacques Rancière, In front of the camera lens

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I’m still seeking to understand this piece of writing, which forgoes a close reading of Marker’s The Last Bolchevik for something else, something akin to thinking out loud in a somewhat associative manner, while using a film – a moment of a film removed from context – for purposes having only tangential connections with the film itself. It strikes me as the philosophical opposite of letting the object speak that Benjamin practiced beautifully and Adorno...

Battle of the Images by Raymond Bellour

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First published in French and English “La querelle des dispositifs / Battle of the Images”, in art press no. 262, November 2000, pp.48-52. Translated from the French by L-S.Torgoff. Some editorial corrections have been made. Battle of the Images Raymond Bellour If there were an open polemic between today’s competing image delivery systems, some light might at last be shed. As it is, all we have is incertitudes – slip-sliding, straddling...

Trafic and Serge Daney by Raymond Bellour

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Published here: sergedaney.blogspot.co.uk Trafic and Serge Daney Raymond Bellour When Serge Daney decided to found Trafic, a ‘cinema review’, at the start of the 1990s, he began from the ‘realisation that the intellectual landscape in which cinema exists has changed a great deal. Changed to the extent that the traditional ways of writing about cinema do not “bite” anymore in relation to the reality of classic literary cinephilic consumption’. (1) Daney aimed thus...

Chris Marker Commentaires : English Translation Coming

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I’m not sure of the publisher or publication date, but I learned today via the following essay of this project, which is a joy to contemplate. More as more is revealed, bien sûr, and heartfelt congratulations to Sergey Levchin, yet another longtime Chris Marker fan emerging with an essential project. Scanned copies of the out-of-print originals are available at the end of the post for download. Levchin’s article on the translation project was published...

Chris Marker Dialector Reloaded by André Lozano – English Translation

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Many thanks to Dorna Khazeni for translating André Lozano’s interesting tale of bringing Chris Marker’s Dialector to the annual Appel II Convention @ KansasFest last summer. The original article in French appears in another post here, Dialector Reloaded, or We Aren’t In Kansas City Anymore. § André Lozano headed to Kansas City (USA) July 22-27 for the annual Apple II Convention, KansasFest, and to present “Dialector,” the original...

Rick Poynor Reviews Chris Marker’s Commentaires

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The Design Observer Group published an excellent review by Rick Poynor of Marker’s two volume Commentaires yesterday. The article explores the books, now out of print and – as noted in the article – exceedingly hard to find, from the perspective of book design. Marker was an editor at Editions du Seuil for part of his career and was responsible for the innovative design of the Petite Planète series. He brought this expertise to the making of his own books...

Time Travel Specialist

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Update The translation by Dorna Khazeni is here: The Encounter of M. Chat & Chris Marker as Told By Louise Traon. Original Post I’m working – and reaching out once again to a friend better qualified – on translating a fine story involving the encounter of Chris Marker and Thoma Vuille, awesome street artist and creator of M. CHAT. The story, “Chats percheurs – La rencontre entre Chris Marker et M. CHAT racontée par Louise...

Pierre Lhomme & Le Joli mai

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Pierre Lhomme discusses the origins, awards, and remastering of Le Joli mai (1963) with Chris Marker. He calls attention, during the remastering process, of Chris Marker’s sense that the film would be difficult if not impossible to decipher by today’s youth – that they may not comprehend that the moment of the film was directly related to, as Lhomme puts it, “the end of French colonialism.” Thanks to japanese forms for letting us know about...

Trevor Stark Engages Marker & Militant Cinema

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In the recent Winter 2012 issue of October, Trevor Stark has published an impressive essay entitled “‘Cinema in the Hands of the People’: Chris Marker, the Medvedkine Group, and the Potential of Militant Film.” Thankfully not put behind a paywall, the article is available for download from mitpressjournals.org. Stark takes a comprehensive look back at the rencontres of filmmakers and striking workers under the name Groupe Medvedkine...

PASSENGERS

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JOHN FITZGERALD All images courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York. PASSENGERS is Chris Marker’s second photographic exhibition featuring images from the Paris Métro. These days, if I wanted to somehow meet Chris Marker, I would probably go to Paris and ride the trains all afternoon hoping for a glimpse of him—it is becoming his natural habitat. But why is an artist/filmmaker/writer, whose work has literally taken him all over the entire world, now so...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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