Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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Jean-Pierre Gorin reflects the mirror house of Sans Soleil

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From describing visits to Krazy Katovich Chris Marker's atelier to a wide-ranging, associative reflection on Sans Soleil, Jean-Pierre Gorin travels through the cuts, sequences, illusions, allusions, sign-systems, methodology, non-methodology, historical moments from Sei Shōnagon to Rousseau to the very present NOW of a baby Martian girl learning the rituals of this planet.

The Binocular-Glasses of La Jetée

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The remarkable, intimidating glasses of Marker's chez-d'oeuvre La Jetée — which added so much nuance to the terror-ridden environment of the memory experiment — have been unearthed recently by the Cinémathèque française, and presented in a post by Hervé Pichard. The glasses were a gift to the Cinémathèque from the daughter of Pierre Joffroy. Joffroy played the chief torturer-experimenter, and, as a collector, was responsible for other props as well, such as the...

Thesentür Re-imagines Marker & Resnais, Statues Also Die

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Thesentür: Conscientious Objector to Formalism is a series of minimal image- and quotation-based works using poetry to confront mainstream art criticism and art history, to look beneath the surface politics of aesthetics and formalism in a presentation of art that is not self-referential or to put a Black face on the art history of imperialism.

Cross My Heart by Chris Marker

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Wooden Cross & Iron Path Translation © Sophie Kovel, 2017Original: “Croix de bois et chemin de fer,” Esprit, (Jan. 1951), 88-90. Please note that this is a partial translation; the text continues beyond where we left off here, with Marker’s conversation with the German soldier focusing in on the concentration camps. There are also 5 footnotes. We will be updating this page with the full translation asap.  At Ploen (Schles-wig-Holstein) I ride...

Another Villeneuve

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L’essai proposé ici se prend au jeu de la compagnie des images. Il propose l’invention d’un aller-retour sur Chris Marker. Nous sommes à bord d’un train : les images défilent au rythme de la machine ; elles évoquent d’autres images, des pensées et des souvenirs. Disons, par utopisme, que l’on dispose à volonté de toutes les images de Marker et de leurs commentaires – chose apparemment utopique tant le cinéaste lui-même a contribué à la difficulté de les rassembler...

Studio: A Remembrance of Chris Marker – Bartos, McCabe, Lerner

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Marker Studio, 2007 © Adam Bartos He inferred that persons desiring to train this faculty (of memory) must select places and form mental images of the things they wish to remember and store those images in the places, so that the order of the places will preserve the order of the things, and the images of the things will denote the things themselves, and we shall employ the places and images respectively as a wax writing-tablet and the letters written on it.Cicero...

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...

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...

State of the Estate

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What follows is a rough translation of an online announcement from the Cinémathèque française on the state of a three year inventory of the estate of Chris Marker, contained in 550 boxes initially upon receipt. The original article can be found at Fonds Chris Marker [updated]. This news is, quite simply, unbelievably exciting. My inner archivist wants to take the next plane to Paris. § Estate Chris Marker: Where are we at with the inventory? In the Spring of 2013...

Chris Marker Notes from the Era of Imperfect Memory

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