Civilization and Other Chimeras

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There are two-way mirrors which allow you innocently to spy on people. This is one of the finest metaphors for consciousness. There is no two-way screen because there is nothing to see on the other sice of the screen, nothing to see without bein seen. Jean Baudrillard.

Civilization and Other Chimeras Observed during the Making of an Exceptionally Artistic Feature Film, an interesting essay-film, inspired by Jean Baudrillard by Aryan Kaganov (2009). Read an analysis of the film (in Dutch) by Theodor Steen on Salon Indien


Topography of Tears and Dumas' Tears

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Rose-Lynn Fisher photographed tears of grief, joy, laughter and irritation. They are all different in microstructure! Above tears of 'timeless reunion'. Check out her website for more infromation and pictures for different kinds of tears.

In a very different way Marlene Dumas " tears-paintings" are very very moving. To be seen in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in the Marlene Dumas exhinition The Image as Burden. The pictures below are details from For Whom the Bell Tolls (2008) and her painting of Anna Magnani in Mama Roma (2012) taken in the Stedelijk.


Jodorowsky's Dune and Danza de la Realidad

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Two amazing films at the Imagine Film Festival: Jodorowsky's Dune (2013), a documentary by Frank Pavich about Jodorowsky's film Dune that was supposed to 'give LSD hallucinations without LSD,' which he started to develop in the early 1970s as a spiritual journey into the gallaxy.  Jodorowsky collaborated with Moebius, Giger, Dan O'Bannon, Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, Glorai Swanson, Salvador Dali, Amanda Lear, Giger, Pink Floyd, Magma and many other 'big warriors' that committed to the project. See an interview and trailer of this film that was never made but that has left its fingerprints everywhere in Hollywood. Most admirable is Jodorowsky's own spirit. This film is the best introduction to continue the fantastic journey with Jodorowski's last film based on his autobiography, La Danze della Realidad. Images and thoughts worthwhile to contemplate and that will stay with you for a long time.

The Stuart Hall Project

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The Stuart Hall Project (2013). John Akomfrah's hommage to the life and work of Stuart Hall consists of carefully selected and composed unique archival material of Stuart Hall's important contributions to political and cultural life in the twentieth century. Akomfrah's installation The Unfinished Converstation (2012) places Hall's life and work dynamically in relation to his family background and world history. John Akomfrah's commentary on The Unfinished Conversation  for the Tapie Biennale is also very beautifully articulated. 

For free articles on Stuart Hall see "Remembering Stuart Hall" on the Taylor & Francis online website.


Les Chevaux de Dieu / God's Horses

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Nabil Ayouch's film Les Chevaux de Dieu  (2012) follows two brothers who live in Sidi Moumen, a poor neighborhood in Casablanca over the course of a decade that lead up to the terrorist attacks that took place in Casablanca in 2003. Another great film in the New Moroccan cinema programme in EYE, organized by Fouad Laroui. Ayouch worked with non-professional actors, created an intense, subtle and complex story of the (micro and macro) traumas that can lead to fundamentalist choices. Really worthwhile watching, thinking about and discussing. See here for a trailer of the film.