[NetBehaviour] 3 films I watched on the Internet this week.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Apr 4 14:43:15 CEST 2009

3 films I watched on the Internet this week.


Enjoy :-)

Wolf Vostell by E.d.H.R. 1968
Wolf Vostell's philosophy was built around the idea that destruction is 
all around us and it runs through all of the twentieth century. He used 
the term dé-coll/age (in connection with a plane crash) to refer to the 
process of tearing down posters, and for the use of mobile fragments of 
reality. His first Happening, Theater is in the Street, took place in 
Paris in 1958, and incorporated auto parts and a TV.


Hackney Girl
The piece is a video-wall diary describing the artist's journey from 
Hackney, London where there are significant immigrant populations of 
Turkish extraction, to Istanbul in Turkey where he decided to live. It 
is a love story documenting the artist's involvement with Hackney Girl's 
eponymous heroine, Yasemin Güvenç, a Turkish actress, who went back to 
Istanbul to work.

A central theme is that of environments and the people that populate 
them. As such it is a visual meditation on place and displacement. The 
camera thus follows the people who inhabit the scene as well as the 
scene itself. Each time you walk in a place like Hackney Marshes, the 
weather, the people and the path you take all conspire to give you 
another version of the same story: a walk in your environment. In 
effect, each time you play Hackney Girl, you get another walk.

The work draws on a visual library of nearly 600 stills and over 550 
short movie clips to present this visual collage of static shots and 
moving images that also end in a freeze photo frame. This along with the 
three by three grid of alternately filling and emptying screens provides 
the piece's staccato rhythm.


Excerpts from René Viénet's 1973 film "Can Dialectics Break Bricks?"
"Imagine a kung fu flick in which the martial artists spout Situationist 
aphorisms about conquering alienation while decadent bureaucrats ply the 
ironies of a stalled revolution. This is what you'll encounter in René 
Viénet's outrageous refashioning of a Chinese fisticuff film. An 
influential Situationist, Viénet stripped the soundtrack from a 
run-of-the-mill Hong Kong export and lathered on his own devastating 
dialogue. . . . A brilliant, acerbic and riotous critique of the failure 
of socialism in which the martial artists counter ideological blows with 
theoretical thrusts from Debord, Reich and others. . . . Viénet's target 
is also the mechanism of cinema and how it serves ideology."

wishing all well...

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