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11 MARCH 2011

La Jetee: a science-fiction film about time, memory and history

"This is the story of a man, marked by an image from his childhood. The violent scene that upsets him, and whose meaning he was to grasp only years later, happened on the main jetty at Orly, the Paris airport, sometime before the outbreak of World War III.

Orly, Sunday. Parents used to take their children there to watch the departing planes.

On this particular Sunday, the child whose story we are telling was bound to remember the frozen sun, the setting at the end of the jetty, and a woman's face.

Nothing sorts out memories from ordinary moments. Later on they do claim remembrance when they show their scars. That face he had seen was to be the only peacetime image to survive the war. Had he really seen it? Or had he invented that tender moment to prop up the madness to come?

The sudden roar, the woman's gesture, the crumpling body, and the cries of the crowd on the jetty blurred by fear.

Later, he knew he had seen a man die.

And sometime after came the destruction of Paris. ..."

(Chris Marker, 1962)

Fig.1 [Français] Chris Marker (1962). "La Jetée", Argos Films.



1962abandoned streetsacross timeairportapocalypse • childhood image • Chris Marker • cine-roman • circular narrative structuredeathdestruction • Etienne Becker • Helene Chatelain • history • Jean Negroni • jettyLa Jeteememory • Orly • Parisphoto filmphoto romanphotographic stillspierportal (science fiction)science-fictionsequence designspectaclespeculative fictionstill imagetimetime travel • Twelve Monkeys • visual depiction


Simon Perkins
07 JULY 2009

Exploring our transient relationship with the built environment

"Interval II explores our transient relationship with our built environment through symbolic periods in history. Chan juxtaposes two contrasting types of architecture that mediate our relationship with our surroundings from a cast–iron pier in Northwest England to a roundhouse in Southwest China. Chan uses time–lapse to accentuate the transitory movement of light over the structures, highlighting their physical form within the altered landscape. Shifting from micro to macro, she investigates traces of human presence within the buildings, as well as the social and cultural shifts within the respective societies."

Fig. Interval 2, high definition film, 19 mins, film still (2007)



2007algorithmic artalgorithmic randomness • altered landscape • birdsblack and whitebuilt environment • cast iron • flock of starlings • flocking • flocking birds • flow • human presence • Interval 2 (2007) • juxtapositionmeditation • murmuration • Northwest England • observational seriesPeoples Republic of Chinapier • roundhouse • Saatchi Artslowed motion • Southwest China • starlings • Suki Chan • surroundingsswarm behaviour • time interval • timelapsetimelessnesstracestransience • transient relationship • transitory movementurban spacesvideo installation


Simon Perkins

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