Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

Remembrance Reviewed

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In La Jetée, Chris Marker finesses still images that are meant to simultaneously represent the past as well as the future until they approximate motion. That is to say, he takes frames that exist in alternative time zones and wills them into motion, a motion that is, in filmic terms, the very embodiment of the present tense. Remembrance of Things to Come may sound from its title like a cute turn on Proustian concerns, but it is actually a haunting examination of another photographer’s work, a body of pictures that Marker seems to conclude reflect the parallel existence of past and future in much the same way he earlier proposed via sci-fi parable.

– Eric Henderson, “Remembrance of Things to Come,” Slant Magazine

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blindlibrarian

I was born in a subbasement of the Library of Babel, the son of Arcturus and Sirius B. I grew up among dusty books and metaphysical ideas, thus accounting for the condition of my mind, lungs and eyes. I studied time travel, mnemonics, taxonomy, medieval arabic astronomy, neo-platonism, hermetics, galactic linguistics, dakiniscript and the works of Borges, Montaigne, Pascal, Giordano Bruno, Erasmus, Christian Rosencreutz, Padmasambhava, Ramon Llull, Pico and Ficino and R. Steiner. I spent a year on academic scholarship at the Hall of Akashic Records studying etheric taxonomics and a summer at the Forum des Images studying the visual work of Guillaume d'Egypte. Currently, I work with Oromasis, Prince of Flames and his retinue of Salamanders cleaning up the world wide web with fire.

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Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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