Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Clicquez ici at Claire de Rouen Books


Last Updated on November 18, 2020 by bricoleur

Cliquez ici – an illustrated journey through the pages of Chris Marker

Chris Marker Harem

Claire de Rouen Books, First Floor
125 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H OEW
Friday 30 May, 6-9pm

Chris Darke will talk on the significance of the book format for the French filmmaker's methodology. He'll look especially at Petite Planète, the series of travel books that Marker edited from the 1950s to the early 1960s.

Featuring: the printed page, sound, projection, still and moving image… and wine.

Chris Marker in Siberia

This event has been organised by Lucy Moore with Richard Bevan, Tamsin Clark and Chris Darke.

Texts on Petite Planète by Tamsin Clark and Lucy Moore can be viewed on the ICA's blog (Institute of Contemporary Arts, a supporter of ‘radical art and culture'*).

A rare complete set of the books will be offered for sale at Room&Book, a new art book fair for London. It will be on view at the bookshop from 30 May – 3 June.

In 1954 the 33-year-old filmmaker had been hired as an editor by Parisian publishing house Editions de Seuil, known for its radical titles, including Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book and Frantz Fanon’s doctorial thesis Black Skin, White Masks. At Seuil, Marker was given free rein, devising and directing a collection of 31 travel books with the title Petite Planète. His aspiration for the series was to avoid the propaganda familiar to the guidebook genre, imagining instead the intimacy of his film script style, or a ‘conversation with an individual who is well informed about the country in question’.

Marker’s cinematographic eye focused attentively on book design and layout, creating dynamic relationships between images, with photographs of street life and people at work given equal attention to those of eminent historical figures. This surprising use of imagery and montage brought a sense of movement and momentum to the book form that Marker would eventually employ as a simple way to orchestrate a film.

Tasmin Clarke
Thanks to Tasmin Clarke

About Claire de Rouen Books

Claire de Rouen Books is the only specialist photography and fashion bookshop in London.

We stock photobooks, fashion monographs, micropublishing, rare, signed and limited edition books, international magazines, lookbooks and artist publications. We sell unique prints and limited editions – currently these include a Polaroid of Andy Warhol taken in 1986 and a Hiroshi Sugimoto Theatre print.

Claire de Rouen was the original director of the bookshop. Born in Alexandria in the early 1930s, she moved to London in her twenties, where she studied art and also modelled.

About the ICA

Over the subsequent decades, the ICA has staged numerous groundbreaking exhibitions, among those the first institutional exhibitions by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Tacita Dean, Damien Hirst, Douglas Huebler, Mike Kelley, Mary Kelly, Barbara Kruger, Ilya Kabakov, Gabriel Orozco, Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman, as well as early exhibitions by Bernadette Corporation, Robert Mapplethorpe, Steve McQueen, Gerhard Richter, Tino Sehgal, Hito Steyerl and Luc Tuymans. It staged a number of historical performances by Laurie Anderson, Einstürzende Neubauten and Yoko Ono. It presented now-legendary concerts by The Clash (1976), Throbbing Gristle (1976), The Smiths (1983), David Bowie (1988), as well as The Stone Roses (1989) and The Beastie Boys (2004).
Many of the world’s leading thinkers have given keynote lectures at the ICA and defined of how we think about culture and society today: Monica Ali, J.G. Ballard, Roland Barthes, John Berger, Homi K. Bhabha, Jacques Derrida, T.S. Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, Michel Foucault, Stuart Hall, Luce Irigaray, Jean-François Lyotard, Salman Rushdie, Gayatri Spivak, Frank B. Wilderson III, Slavoj Žižek and many more.
Room and Book


Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory
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