Sans toit ni loi (1985), Agnès Varda.
I wonder if this is why I love walking without a destination.
“The flâneur doesn’t walk to get somewhere, but to observe the passing scene; he is a consumer of images, responding to the world as if it were cinema.”
Stepping Out: On Watching Women Walk, Imogen Sara Smith.
Este jueves día 20 de julio en Crater-Lab, This is not Cinema, una sesión con algunas de mis películas experimentales, abstractas o la etiqueta que más os guste ponerle a este tipo de cine.
La entrada cuesta solo 5 euros e incluye una consumición. La sesión dura más o menos una hora, pero seguramente hablaremos un poquito y demás, así que quizá se alargue a hora y media o lo que dé de sí la charla…
Algunas películas son found footage, otras animación abstracta y otras experimentos que podrían entrar en varios géneros distintos. Un poco de psicogeografía, un poco de data bending, un poco de motion graphics y mucho flicker.
Something in which I’ve participated…
EXcinema commissioned twenty films by twenty international experimental filmmakers spread across four continents to create one feature length road film. Featuring: Amy Bassin, Mark Bickley, Stephen Broomer , Charles Chadwick, Pip Chodorov, Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos, Pablo Molina Guerrero, Salise Hughes, Douglas Katelus, Anna Kipervaser, Kate Lain, Insa Langhorst, Jesse Malmed, Milan Milosavlijevic, Reed O’Beirne, Arto Polus, Ben Popp, Blanca Rego, Margaret Rorison, Dustin Zemel, Robert Zverina.
In this case, all sound recordings are from Galicia (mainly A Coruña) and Catalunya (mainly Barcelona), the two places were I’ve lived during long periods of time—in fact, the podcast starts with a recording made at my childhood/teenage bedroom and ends with a recording made at one of my last places at Barcelona, the only flat where I’ve lived alone.
You can listen to the podcast and find more information about it at Framework Radio.
“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.”
Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino.
“Many who’ve written about mazes and labyrinths distinguish between the two of them. Mazes, including most garden mazes, have many branchings and are made to perplex those who enter, whereas a labyrinth has only one route, and anyone who stays with it can find the paradise of the center and retrace the route to the exit. Another metaphorical moral seems built into these two structures, for the maze offers the confusions of free will without a clear destination, the labyrinth an inflexible route to salvation.”
Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit.
“Many people nowadays live in a series of interiors—home, car, gym, office, shops—disconnected from each other. On foot everything stays connected, for while walking one occupies the spaces between those interiors in the same way one occupies those interiors. One lives in the whole world rather than in interiors built up against it.”
Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rebecca Solnit.
“An Eskimo custom offers an angry person release by walking the emotion out of his or her system in a straight line across the landscape; the point at which the anger is conquered is marked with a stick, bearing witness to the strength or length of the rage.”
Overlay, Lucy Lippard.
“Para viajar debería bastarnos sólo con nuestro cuerpo; pero las noches reclaman un abrigo; la lluvia, una capa; el baño, un traje limpio; el pensamiento, tinta y pinceles”.
Sendas de Oku, Matsuo Basho.
Today I’ve discovered that “gänger” means “goer”, “walker”, that adds a whole new meaning to the word Doppelgänger…
“Doppelgänger, “ghostly spirit” literally “double walker”, from Doppel (“duplicate, double”) + gänger (“goer”).”
“I had been wandering for upwards of an hour in fog as thick as spoiled milk. Fog is best for my night-work. The less one can see of what the city has become in this year, the better.”
Anno Dracula, Kim Newman.
• Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
• This is the End (2013)
Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
• It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
• 女が階段を上る時 (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs) (1960)
• The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
• Seven Days in May (1964)
I’ve always loved walking, specially in urban environments, so I’m always thinking about doing artworks related to that. I’ve recorded some sound walks, usually in the rain, but I haven’t done anything really thorough, it was just a pastime. Last month, I made a short video while I was walking and the result is quite strange. I recorded the video with an iPod Touch using an app called 8mm. As the iPod camera is not very good and the original frame rate of the video was just 15 fps, the result is quite interesting, almost like an abstract pattern.
Now I’m thinking about doing something with more videos of this kind, the title will be Solvitur ambulando, a latin phrase that means “it is solved by walking”.
This one reminded me of London by Patrick Keiller, but it’s about Liverpool and not so good.
“Creative geography, or artificial landscape, is a film making technique invented by the early Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov sometime around the 1920s. It is a subset of montage, in which multiple segments shot at various locations and/or times are edited together such that they appear to all occur in a continuous place at a continuous time.”
“Ø is a piece of land in the valley of the Nørreå in the eastern part of Jutland, Denmark. Its name means island (ø in the Danish language) and probably comes from the island-like approach to this piece of land, although it is completely landlocked and surrounded by meadows.
Ø is famous among lexicographers for the extreme brevity of its name: the single letter Ø.”
Ø It’s the best name for a place that I can imagine… I want to travel to Ø, I want to be at Ø.
• Lenore #1-13
• Words Made Flesh. Code, Culture, Imagination [read]
Association of Autonomous Astronauts
International Psychogeographic Society
London Psychogeographical Association
New York Psychogeographical Association
Urban Adventure in Rotterdam
Wrights & Sights/Mis-Guide
Classic Cafes (The Psychogeography of the Café)
Nothingness.Org & The Situationist Archives
Psychogeography Links Collection
Situationist International Online
“In July 1957 this pre-situationist phase of largely unproductive navel-gazing finally came to an end, as the Situationist International was founded at a ‘conference’ in Alba in Italy. What was presented in typically grandiloquent style, as the merger of the Lettrist International and Asger Jorn’s International Movement for an Imaginist Bauhaus, was in reality eight delegates ‘in a state of semi-drunkenness’ meeting in a remote bar and this pub lunch-cum-party conference was bolstered by the attendance of the London Psychogeograhical Association in the form of its single and only known member, Ralph Rumney. It was from these humble origins that the Situationist International was to emerge.”
“This act of walking is an urban affair and, in cities that are increasingly hostile to the pedestrian, it inevitably becomes an act of subversion. Walking is seen as contrary to the spirit of the modern city with its promotion of swift circulation and the street-level gaze that walking requires allows one to challenge the official representation of the city by cutting across established routes and exploring those marginal and forgotten areas often overlooked by the city’s inhabitants. In this way the act of walking becomes bound up with psychogeography’s characteristic political opposition to authority, a radicalism that is confined not only to the protests of 1960s Paris but also to the spirit of dissent that animated both Defoe and Blake as well as the vocal criticism of London governance to be found in the work of contemporary London psychogeographers such as Stewart Home and Iain Sinclair.”