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Twilight City, 1989

Made for Channel 4, Black Audio Film Collective’s Twilight City is the absolute, no question, stand-out work at the CCA’s The Sky is Falling show. Get along, get comfy and watch it all…

Trailers for three other Black Audio Film Collective works here.

Family History – Gillian Wearing

I love this work and this book. I love GW. More on Family History here.

Family History, Gillian Wearing - the catalogue, 2007

Family History, Gillian Wearing – the catalogue, 2007

Sans Soleil

Revisiting Marker’s 1983 Sans Soleil this weekend was like visiting an old friend, one who has aged beautifully and is more inspirational than ever. Sigh.

Watch it here.

Screen Shots – Sans Soleil…

Screen Shot - Sans Soleil

About an hour of Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Because all montage brings you here. Isn’t interesting how we’re forced to watch this, the most precise of works? Out of time, off beat, from the side, in dribs and drabs. Thanks to kottke.org.

About an hour of Christian Marclay’s The Clock.

About The Clock here.

Watches and clocks are the least of it.

Watches and clocks are the least of it.

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Infinite Jest has been illustrated with Lego by Sebastian Griffith and his son.

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p. 322. Eschaton is the most complicated children's game anybody around E.T.A.'d ever heard of.

p. 322. Eschaton is the most complicated children’s game anybody around E.T.A.’d ever heard of.

It’s Back

Daily inspiration once more on my commute. Feels like a long time coming.

The Return of Cockforest

The Return of Cockforest

Ben Wheatley

Oh when will you finish High-rise Ben? Early reviews were worrying, but I know it’ll be ok in the end.

In the mean time, I’ll be re-watching genre melting Kill List and the peerless A Field in England. Amy Jump’s writing is simply breathtaking.

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The rise and fall of the videophone

David Foster Wallace – this is why he is the greatest. A daily inspiration and currently the driver of the film I’m working on.

A videophone, yesterday

A videophone, yesterday

Kittens, Inspired by Kittens – and Hollis Frampton

Ok. This is not the place to post cute cat videos, I know, I know. But Kittens, Inspired by Kittens is, well, inspired.

And I can’t help but think it has been secretly influenced by Hollis Frampton’s (nostalgia). Watch them both and decide!

(nostagia)

Kittens, Inspired by Kittens

Hollis Frampton

(nostalgia)

Kittens, Inspired by Kittens

Kittens, Inspired by Kittens

 

Pieter Bruegel, a low level obsession continues

I’ve long used Bruegel in my work and been fascinated by the uses others make of his imagery. Tarkovsky as a way to search for a memory of humanity (Solaris, 1972), Von Trier as a (albeit pessimistic) nod to Tarkovsky (Melancholia, 2011) and Roeg more simply to connect Rip Torn to Our David while their characters have yet to meet (The Man Who Fell to Earth, 1976). I’ve used Bruegel’s The Peasant Wedding (1567) to stand for the possibility of collective memory or a yearning for human contact in shows such as Coco (2004) and They Are the We of Me (2005), and I’m now half-inching Tarkovsky’s examination of The Hunters in the Snow (1565) for Vicki and Alex, Like the Clouds (2014). But can anything beat Auden or Carlos Williams on this subject?

The Peasant Wedding

The Peasant Wedding

The Hunters in the Snow

The Hunters in the Snow

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Detail from In Spain there was Guernica, They Are the We of Me, GoMA, 2005

Detail from In Spain there was Guernica, They Are the We of Me, GoMA, 2005

After the Wedding, Coco, 2004

After the Wedding, Coco, 2004

 

Musee des Beaux Arts

W. H. Auden

 

About suffering they were never wrong,

The old Masters: how well they understood

Its human position: how it takes place

While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;

How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting

For the miraculous birth, there always must be

Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating

On a pond at the edge of the wood:

They never forgot

That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course

Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot

Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse

Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

 

In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away

Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may

Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,

But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone

As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green

Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen

Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,

Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.

 

Copyright © 1976 by Edward Mendelson, William Meredith and Monroe K. Spears, 
Executors of the Estate of W. H. Auden.

 

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

William Carlos Williams

 

According to Brueghel

when Icarus fell

it was spring

 

a farmer was ploughing

his field

the whole pageantry

 

of the year was

awake tingling

near

 

the edge of the sea

concerned

with itself

 

sweating in the sun

that melted

the wings’ wax

 

unsignificantly

off the coast

there was

 

a splash quite unnoticed

this was

Icarus drowning

 

From Collected Poems: 1939-1962, Volume II by William Carlos Williams, published by New Directions Publishing Corp.