Tuesday, October 12, 2010
SEBASTIEN TELLIER and KIRBY
in a film by MESSAGE IS THE MEDIUM
with sound from BRION GYSIN's poem "I am that I am."
Celebrating RECORD MAKERS' 10th anniversary and
TELLIER'S forthcoming album.
Published in Liberation:
Publié par A.H à l'adresse 1:31 PM
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
A NOS AMOURS...
"With his raw style of filmmaking, Maurice Pialat has been called the John Cassavetes of French cinema, and the scorching À nos amours is one of his greatest achievements. In a revelatory film debut, the dynamic, fresh-faced Sandrine Bonnaire plays Suzanne, a fifteen-year-old Parisian who embarks on a sexual rampage in an effort to separate herself from her overbearing, beloved father (played with astonishing magnetism by Pialat himself), ineffectual mother, and brutish brother. A tender character study that can erupt in startling violence, À nos amours is one of the high-water marks of eighties French cinema."
Publié par A.H à l'adresse 6:24 PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
The politics of Illusion, a film by Message is the Medium
This film is about you, rumor, legend, myth, Derrida, stars,
Barthes and a french guy named Xavier, 30 years old.
Rumor has it, Xavier, dressed head to toe in Acne, with
a Lanvin bow tie, dances just like Michael Jackson.
This film attempts to unravel the nature of communication through an analysis of its mechanisms.
From rumor to legend to myth...
As we declare in the film, "Truth is illusionary but rumors are real."
In 1902 when Louis William Stern experimented on rumor involving a "chain of subjects" who passed a story from "mouth to ear" without the right to repeat or explain it, he found that the story was shortened and changed by the time it reached the end of the chain.
The three basic characteristics that apply to rumor:
1. They're transmitted by word of mouth;
2. They provide "information" about a "person, happening, or condition";
3. they express and gratify "the emotional needs of the community."
Rumors often reflect public desires and wished-for outcomes. In the academic discipline of folkloristics, the truth value of legends is irrelevant.
It's not whether the story told is true or not, it's the fact that the story is being told at all.
Myth is a system of communication, it is a message.
This is radical advertising.
Publié par A.H à l'adresse 4:34 PM
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
STEPHEN BECK MEETS FUCK BUTTONS
CURATED BY MESSAGE IS THE MEDIUM
Stephen Beck: "I believe in spiritual technology. Video Weavings is a link between the modern (video) and the ancient (weaving) technologies. Video Weavings are based on poetic mathematical rhymes, or algorithms, visualized in real time on the warp and weft of video's horizontal and vertical scanning electron beams, color phosphors, plasma cells, and LCD pixels."
Publié par A.H à l'adresse 7:14 PM
THANKS TO STANDISH LAWDER
ABOUT THE FILM: "In NECROLOGY, a 12-minute film, in one continuous shot he (Standish Lawder) films the faces of a 5:00 PM crowd descending via the Pan Am building escalators. In old-fashioned black and white, these faces stare into the empty space, in the 5:00 PM tiredness and mechanical impersonality, like faces from the grave. It's hard to believe that these faces belong to people today. The film is one of the strongest and grimmest comments upon the contemporary society that cinema has produced." - Jonas Mekas, The Village Voice
Publié par A.H à l'adresse 3:05 PM
"MADE ON A MAC COMPUTER"
A 5 part series curated by MESSAGE IS THE MEDIUM
Part 1/ The Residents: "Don't be cruel".
The Residents is an American avant-garde music and visual arts group who have been active since 1969. This video was made on a mac computer.
For more about The Residents: http://www.residents.com/
Thursday, January 28, 2010
"Google Maps, the quickest way to get from A to B without risking your life."
"C'etait un rendez-vous." is a short film made in 1976 by Claude Lelouch, showing a high speed drive through Paris.
"The film shows an eight-minute drive through Paris in the early hours of the morning (05:30hrs), accompanied by sounds of a high-reving engine, gear changes and squealing tires. It starts in a tunnel of the Paris Périphérique at Porte Dauphine, with an onboard view from an unseen car exiting up on a ramp to Avenue Foch. Well-known landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe, Opéra Garnier, and Place de la Concorde with its obelisk are passed, as well as the Champs-Élysées. Pedestrians are passed, pigeons sitting on the streets are scattered, red lights are ignored, one-way streets are driven up the wrong way, center lines are crossed, the car drives on the sidewalk to avoid a garbage truck. The car is never seen as the camera seems to be attached below the front bumper (judging from the relative positions of other cars, the visible headlight beam and the final shot when the car is parked in front of a curb on Montmartre, with the famous Sacré Cœur Basilica behind, and out of shot). Here, the driver gets out and embraces a young blonde woman as bells ring in the background, with the famous backdrop of Paris.
A making-of-the-rendezvous documentary indicates that Lelouch himself was the driver, that the car driven was the Mercedes, although the sound track is from a Ferrari."
Publié par A.H à l'adresse 4:02 PM
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: alice heart
Date: 28 January 2010 14:10
Subject: Nobuyoshi Araki In Conversation With Kohei Yoshiyuki
NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: I don't know you that well. I know who you are, but readers don't know much about you. Why don't you tell them about yourself? I'm sure they would like to know when you were born, for instance. How old are you? What interests you? What kind of work are you doing? I'll bet you're not in your twenties.
KOHEI YOSHIYUKI: I was born in 1946.
NA: As the genius of photography, I'd like to introduce Yoshiyuki Kohei to our readers. You created a huge sensation by taking voyeuristic photographs of people having sex, and of voyeurs - peepers - watching people having sex, with infrared film. A lot of people made a lot of noise about them, but my critique consisted of exactly one line: "These are what I call photographs" (laughter). After that we met and chatted now and then, but I haven't seen you for quite a while. Recently I received an invitation to your solo show. I couldn't go because I was busy, but I mentioned it to the editor of Weekend
Super, and heard later that he went to see it. When I asked him about
it, he said he liked the way the photographs were exhibited.
Publié par A.H à l'adresse 3:06 PM
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
From the film "Love in the afternoon":
"I dream of a life made only of first and everlasting loves; in other words I want what is impossible.
Lately in spare moments I delight in a daydream which gets more precise and complete every day. A childish day dream probably inspired by something I read at ten.
I imagine I own a device worn around the neck which gives off a magnetic fluid capable of destroying free will."
THANKS TO ERIC ROHMER.
Publié par A.H à l'adresse 4:13 PM