Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Overnight by Chris Marker

OVERNIGHT — Chris Marker montage of photos of London — August 2011

I had overlooked this addition to the still-live Kosinki YouTube account that Chris Marker assembled near the end of his life. This video is a stark presentation without commentary of photographs of London shops after a riot, rioters throwing objects, trashed businesses with police “Do Not Cross” tape, broken windows in a Hi-Fi store… It’s a story told in the timeless Before and After mode, though how Marker was able to capture the Before images is a great mystery.

We see business as usual, then the violence, then the aftermath, all with subtle fades reminiscent of La Jetée. Photographs are attributed to THE TIMES London. Marker is a pure editor here. As we know, he was a deep news follower; he commanded in his atelier a kind of mothership gathering a great influx of news and images from around the world, in newspapers, in magazines, on television, online. By any means necessary, he took account of all major events and worked feverishly to edit and upload to YouTube as part of his lingering “Farewell to Cinema.”

2011 England Riots

Don’t you love how Wikipedia, in the quotation below, just calls Mark Duggan “a local man” and avoids letting us know the critical fact that he is a person of color? The page entitled “Shooting of Mark Duggan” does the same thing, there we have “a 29-year-old British man, who was shot and killed by police in Tottenham, North London on 4 August 2011.” In evidence by quantum entanglement are the invisible Wiki surveillance artists who spot and remove all traces of even the scent of ideology in the description of human beings. They are pre-crime psy cops, and Marker is the Minority Report. We’re all just “man” — well, yes and no. Do you think for a moment that the fact that Duggan was black is irrelevant to the riots that ensued? We’re not that naïve, after all. The absence of information can be outright disinformation. As I write this, white MAGA men have been let parade in ugly and clueless destruction mode through the Capitol building here in the States. Is it any coincidence that I wandered upon this video on this day? Je crois que non ! Marker, writing on a related topic, finished his biting defense of the radical ‘poem’ of a music video by referencing Kubrik’s 2001: “Les singes ont évolué. Les censeurs, ça reste à voir.

Monkeys have evolved. The censors? That remains to be seen.

Chris Marker
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Psy Cops Report

The 2011 England riots, more widely known as the London Riots, were a series of riots between 6 and 11 August 2011. Thousands of people rioted in cities and towns across England, which saw looting, arson, as well as mass deployment of police and the deaths of five people.

Protests started in Tottenham, London, following the death of Mark Duggan, a local man who was shot dead by police on 4 August. Several violent clashes with police followed Duggan’s death, along with the destruction of police vehicles, a double-decker bus and many homes and businesses, thus rapidly gaining attention from the media. Overnight, looting took place in Tottenham Hale retail park and nearby Wood Green. The following days saw similar scenes in other parts of London, with the worst rioting taking place in Hackney, Brixton, Walthamstow, Peckham, Enfield, Battersea, Croydon, Ealing, Barking, Woolwich, Lewisham and East Ham.

From 8 to 10 August, other towns and cities in England (including Birmingham, Bristol, Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, West Bromwich, and Wolverhampton) saw what was described by the media as “copycat violence”, with social media playing a role. By 10 August, more than 3,003 arrests had been made across England, with more than 1,984 people issued with criminal charges for various offences related to the riots. Initially, courts sat for extended hours. There were a total of 3,443 crimes across London that were linked to the disorder. Along with the five deaths, at least 16 others were injured as a direct result of related violent acts. An estimated £200 million worth of property damage was incurred, and local economic activity—which in many cases was already struggling due to the recession—was significantly compromised.

The riots have generated significant ongoing debate among political, social, and academic figures about the causes and context in which they happened. Attributions for the rioters’ behaviour include social factors such as racial tension, class tension, economic decline, and the unemployment that decline had brought.

2011 England riots — Wikipedia

We must, alas, look elsewhere for the Minority Report.

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