Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Ghost Cat: Postcards + Exhibitions

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Card 5 of 15 Roma, 1956 Chris Marker, Image from Staring Back May 12-August 12, 2007 Exhibition organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Ohio State University FYI, there are two postcard sets by Chris Marker that I know of. This set is from Wexner and is, I believe, out of print. The other is Chris Marker, How a grinning cat visits the HISTORY OF ART, 10 Postcards, Peter Blum Editions. This production, to my knowledge, is also no longer available...

Chris Marker et la photographie

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What: Journée d’étude | Day of Study Title: Chris Marker et la photographie | Chris Marker and Photography Who: Vincent Jacques, avec la participation de | with the participation of: Philippe Bazin Christa Blümlinger Pierre Gaudin Vincent Jacques François Niney Bamchade Pourvali When: samedi 28 mai 2016 | Saturday May 28th, 2016 – Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Salle Vasari | 2, rue Vivienne – 75002 Paris Additional...

L’An 2000 : Chris Marker Book Design

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I betrayed Gutenberg for McLuhan a long time ago.Chris Marker Thanks to Christophe Chazalon, master archivist over at chrismarker.ch, for Christmas in June; CH2 sent a collection of images – page spreads from a curious volume entitled L’An 2000: une anti-histoire de la fin du monde, published in 1975 by Gallimard.  Like 2084, 4001, 3009, 2058, Bolaño’s 2066 (& La Jetée‘s un-numbered future dates), here we find more time travels from the late...

Coréennes by John Fitzgerald – Chris Marker Photo Exhibition at Peter Blum Gallery

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John Fitzgerald is a periodic contributor to chrismarker.org, and we would like to extend our gratitude to him for crafting this piece for us. Previously he has written In a Train of the Métro, Passengers and A Grin Without a Cat, Lincoln Center. A question that arose toward the end of my recent visit to Peter Blum Gallery in New York to view the Chris Marker “Koreans” exhibition is illustrative of the veil of mystery that hangs over so much of his life and work...

The Panoptic Exodus

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“He always said that even the best actor knows that the camera is pointed at him, and that the spontaneity, the innocence, the beauty of expression on a face cannot be truly captured except when the person is not conscious of being photographed.” Peter Blum on Chris Marker First off, there’s the lingering taste of an assumption that borders on what once was called by the dialecticians of enlightenment the ‘jargon of authenticity.’ The...

Chris Marker Passengers at Peter Blum Gallery

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The following is a press release we received from the Peter Blum Gallery in New York. If you’re in the Big Apple, enjoy! Chris Marker PASSENGERS April 2 – June 4, 2011 Peter Blum is pleased to announce the exhibition Chris Marker, PASSENGERS. This exhibition, opening on April 2, 2011, will be presented at both Peter Blum Soho (99 Wooster Street) and Peter Blum Chelsea (526 West 29th Street). This will be Chris Marker’s third solo exhibition with the gallery...

In a Train of the Métro by John Fitzgerald

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[Guest post by John Fitzgerald. Thanks John! – ed.] Walking over to Peter Blum Gallery in Chelsea to see the new Chris Marker exhibition, I happened to pass by a section of the newly completed High Line, a pedestrian greenspace retrofitted onto an old elevated train track on the West Side. I stopped to look at a curious feature of the renovation: a glass panel cut into the side of the wall overlooking Tenth Avenue. Behind the glass was tiered seating where...

Traveling Without Moving

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David Thomson, author of the classic A Biographical Dictionary of Film as well as books on Hitchcock, Welles and Brando, recently published a thoughtful reflection on Chris Marker’s photograph series taken in the Paris metro. The piece is called “Chris Marker’s Underground” and is can be viewed at The New Republic’s “Slideshow” blog. Marker’s territory for chasing images may have changed in the 21st century as his...

Sandor Krasna’s Photostream

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Thanks to Tyler Beaman for pointing us to this growing archive of Chris Marker aka Sandor Krasna photography. No stranger to new media, Marker’s pseudonymous forays into social media sites are atypical not only of his generation, but several following ones. An artist of many media, an Eye with many names, a being of “unzeitgemäße Betrachtungen,” out of or beyond time yet always keenly in the present, he retains his inimitable interest in the...

Mayday Flâneur

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Thanks to Edo M for bringing these semi-precious gems of photographs by Chris Marker – who hit the streets on the occasion of the May 1st “celebration” in Paris – to our attention. Et Chris Marker, le réalisateur du « Fond de l’air est rouge » et de « Chats perchés », ces deux films chargés d’histoire, de témoigner de cette obstination tranquille, de cette tension qui les tient, ces manifestants de l’an 09. Lui qui n’a cessé, depuis cet après-guerre...

Metropia by Chris Marker

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Thanks to Second Life chronicler lucien bookmite for drawing our attention to this new work by Kosinki on YouTube. Could the music be Arvo Pärt? This series of photographs, seemingly run through the Animoto engine, harks back to Staring Back, and more distantly – in this viewer’s mind at least – to Si j’avais quatre dromedaires. Ever new surprises from the master behind the camera, but rarely in front of it. All women have a built-in grain...

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...

Within these few inches…

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Back to that balcony at the Place de la République where all huge demonstrations have always started or ended. I manage to frame again the top portion of my old photograph. In between I have been in Japan, Korea, Bolivia, Chile. I have filmed students in Guinea-Bisseau, medics in Kosovo, Bosnian refugees, Brazilian activists, animals everywhere. I covered the first free elections in East Germany after the fall of the Wall, and I sniffed the first moments of...

Discoveries

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We received a thoughtful note from Don Livoni @ fogblog regarding his recent discovery of Chris Marker. Crafting a haunting film from stills is a discovery that evidently can be made without prior knowledge of La Jetée. It’s a bit like Leibniz and Newton, albeit with a time “differential,” if you like ;). While Mr. Livoni’s films (for example, “Rosie’s Girls” and “DNYK Dreamer”) evoke La Jetée by the skillful...

Things Gone & Things to Come

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First Run / Icarus films has uploaded to YouTube this teaser for the new-to-DVD Chris Marker & Yannick Bellon film Remembrance of Things to Come. One feels, even in the first moments preceding the title, the lingering taste, the déjà vu of La Jetée in the b/w collage of living stills, and the déjà entendu of Sans Soleil in the unmistakable voice of Alexandra Stewart. Related posts: Discoveries Ça fait longtemps Stranger Than Fiction Screens Sans Soleil Cineaste...

La Chasse

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La photo, c’est la chasse, c’est l’instinct de chasse sans l’envie de tuer. C’est la chasse des anges… On traque, on vise, on tire et – clac! au lieu d’un mort, on fait un éternel. The photo is the hunt, it’s the instinct of hunting without the desire to kill. It’s the hunt of angels… You trail, you aim, you fire and – clic! – instead of a dead man, you make him everlasting. Die Fotografie ist Jagd, ist...

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