Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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State of the Estate II: The Glorious Shambles

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In the middle, on the balcony, the tree has grown, just a little.Chris Marker Though the article cited below focuses on the archive of Jacques Demy acquired by the Cinémathèque française, this interview, part two of a series between journalist Louis Guichard and the Cinémathèque’s head Serge Toubiana, takes a fascinating if brief detour into the case of the estate of Chris Marker. If it sounds like there’s a mystery novel in there somewhere, there is...

Marker on the Command Line

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Chris Marker, identification d'un geek from provisoire on Vimeo. After discovering this video on Vimeo, our attention was directed to a post on creative.arte.tv that offers additional information about Marker’s DIALECTOR program, and two additional videos that we have included below. Marker himself is quoted summarizing the project and voicing his oft-rumored disappointment at changes at Apple that truncated his playful, very personal programming. His...

Planète Marker Coming to Centre Pompidou

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About Raymond Bellour The introduction to Chris Marker for the Planète Marker exhibition & film screenings opening on October 16th at the Centre Pompidou, reprinted below, bears the signature of Raymond Bellour—in my opinion the greatest commentator on Marker, and certainly among the most innovative film theorists of our time. Bellour is the co-author, with Laurent Roth, of the excellent book Qu’est-ce qu’une Madeleine?: A propos du CD-ROM Immemory...

Video et Après: Chris Marker Vu Par… @ Pompidou Center

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We just received notice of a unique event from Etienne Sandrin at the Centre Pompidou. If you’re in Paris on Tuesday the 18th of March, be sure to visit. A rough English translation is below the original French. Enjoy! VIDEO ET APRÈS CHRIS MARKER VU PAR… LUNDI 18 MARS / 18H00 / CINÉMA 1 Philosophe, écrivain, musicien, cinéaste, vidéaste, plasticien, computer geek, amis des chats, Chris Marker, disparu en 2012, laisse derrière lui une œuvre unique...

Beirut Art Center Presents Chris Marker Exhibition “Par quatre chemins”

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Source: www.beirutartcenter.org Location: Jisr El Wati – Off Corniche an Nahr. Building 13, Street 97, Zone 66 Adlieh. Beirut, Lebanon. Dates: November 25.10 – January 29.11 Opening reception: Wednesday November 24, from 6 pm to 9 pm About the exhibition “Beirut Art Center is pleased to present a solo exhibition dedicated to the influential French artist and filmmaker Chris Marker. Marker is best known for his cinematic essays that explore the...

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’...

Les Films du Jeudi Screens La Jetée in Second Life

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Though we missed the party, we did want to let you know about a unique event organized by Les Films du Jeudi, who on the 5th of November held a screening of Chris Marker’s La Jétee simultaneously at the Centre Pompidou and within Second Life. Marker’s film, whose fame has grown by leaps and bounds worldwide since its 1962 release (one need only search for the title on Twitter to see the many tweets in myriad languages that reference the always-fresh...

The Second Life of Chris Marker

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Presented below is the official press release distributed by The Harvard Film Archive for its upcoming film series and live event. You can also view the program at the HFA site. THE HARVARD FILM ARCHIVE PRESENTS THE SECOND LIFE OF CHRIS MARKER MAY 9 – MAY 16, 2009 CAMBRIDGE, MA: The Harvard Film Archive is thrilled to host a virtual event with legendary filmmaker Chris Marker titled THE SECOND LIFE OF CHRIS MARKER, on May 16. The event, which will take place in the...

Cactus Land

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WHAT IS “CACTUS LAND” IF NOT BARBED WIRE? – Chris Marker Owls at Noon Prelude: The Hollow Men, 72. Owls at noon, night birds in the day, things, objects, images that don’t belong, and yet are there. Leaflets, postcards, stamps, graffiti, forgotten photographs, frames stolen from the continuous and senseless flow of TV stuff (what I’d call the Duchamp syndrome: once I’ve spotted 1/50th of a second that escaped everybody, including its...

Immemory Re-released by Exact Change

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Exact Change* has re-released Chris Marker’s CD-ROM Immemory for OS X. This is great news, as the earlier versions (both the French original and the port by Exact Change to English) were unplayable on “modern” Macs and thereby stuck in kind a technological cul-de-sac, languishing. (The background to this lies, at least in part, in the history of Marker’s beloved multimedia authoring tool Hyperstudio, but that’s another story). It...

Manette Gallery writes from Portland

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Greetings, hoping this finds you well! September 25-28, from 7 to about 11pm The Works of Chris Marker Fourteen or fifteen films will be screened here in our cozy gallery (about 4 hours each night), books and other materials will also be here to look at- also the Immemory CD-ROM will be accessible thorough a kiosk. With a career spanning five decades, French filmmaker Chris Marker has defined “subjectivist documentary”. The Wikipedia link is here:...

Second Life I: The Filmmaker’s Room

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This is a draft of the virtual gallery in progress, which will replicate my Zurich exhibition on Second Life, the “filmmakers room”. – Chris Marker (courtesy of Tom Luddy) Up soon: Video of Guillaume as whirling dervish in Second Life. Don’t hold your breath; we’ve got to get the compression » decompression figured out… Related posts: Scenes from La Salle “Vertov was my teacher” Guillaume, Guillaume...

Manette Gallery writes from Portland…

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We received this nice & informative note from the breathtaking Manette Gallery in Portland regarding their Chris Marker exhibition/installation coming up in July 2008: We hope our humble gallery will be a good nook in which to enjoy these works. The walls will have various stills to look at, I have several books about CM guests can look at, a vintage powerbook 5300 kiosk with headphones running the Immemory CD-ROM, and at least a dozen films shown throughout...

Immemory Review Quotes

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“Chris Marker has a brilliant mind and heart and appetite for life, and it’s a privilege to travel with him to whatever he chooses to remember and to evoke. He is one of cinema’s all time greats – the most important reflective or non-narrative filmmaker after Dziga Vertov.” Susan Sontag “Immemory is a contribution to the ars memoriae that, once experienced, will prove difficult to forget. Yet because of its multiple paths, its...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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