A real-time comparison, for scolarly and solidarity purposes, of Len Lye's 1958 experimental animation Free Radicals and the opening minutes of Fernando Solanas and Octavio Getino's Hour of the Furnaces of 1968. This video was produced by Catherine Grant on teh morning of February 18. 2013, using readily available materials for quotation. It was made and distributed as part of a teach-in that day. Staff and students of media and cultural studies, working in a deeply personal, activist capacity, gave short presentation on their research and thinking about ideas of resistance, occupation and neoliberalism. For more information please visit the website Filmstudies For Free.
In The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Sophie Fiennes, 2012) Slovene philosopher and psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek re-enacts himself in films ranging from Taxi Driver to Sound of Music and from A Clock Work Orange to Titanic (and many more) to guide us in a razor sharp and hilarious cinematic journey into the heart of ideology: showing the psychological mechanisms of (any) ideology, revealing why it hurts to step out of it and how we are responsible for our dreams.
“Never forget that every revolution is not only directed towards the future but also redeems the past failed revolutions.”Walter Benjamin quoted by Slavoj Žižek in The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology
For some introductory words about The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology:
An important book by Joris Luyendijk who spend two years in The City in London to report about the financial world for The Guardian. He published his finding in the book Onder Bankiers: Dit Kan Niet Waar Zijn (Atlas/Contact, 2015) See also VPRO Tegenlicht 'Bankgeheimen' In Dutch.
3 March 2015: A wonderful performance of Louis Van Gasteren's experimental film Out of My Skull that he shot at the Carpenter Centre of Harvard University in 1965. In 1966 Out of My Skull was performed in the Stedelijk Museum. The screening in EYE in the presence of Louis van Gasteren, introduced and interviewed by Patricia Pisters. Followed by a rare screening of Conrad Rooks Chappaqua.
Under the Skin by Jonathan Glazer (2013). Unlike anything else. Eerie and fascinating combination of images ranging from documentary to experimental. Scarlett Johansson is amazing. Absolute great and haunting film.
The 27th Edition of IDFA presents an extremely interesting selection of films made all over the world that are all more than worthwhile seeing. Here's another brilliant film: The Salt of the Earth (2014) by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Produced by David Rosier for Deciafilms. About the stories behind the photographies of Sebastiao Salgado. And about much more, indeed. The trailer of the film can be seen here. See the Variety review here. See also Wim Wender's site. And for the incredible and inspiring Instituto Terra there is this website to visit. There is hope for the planet.