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don’t just research the subject of a film – become the film

Mark Downham’s article “Stoke Newington After the Rain: Representation and Difference in Apocalypse Now” (from VAGUE magazine’s 1988 Televisionaaries issue) starts like this… Mark Downham got off the bus years ago to become the world’s first method film critic. Mark … Continue reading

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Luminant Point Display

old tube tvs being switched off by Stephan Tillmans .

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radiation / electronic fragments

The swashbuckling Robert Hughes on TV and electronic fragments. From Culture As Nature the pop art episode of The Shock of the New tv series, 1980. More than forty years ago a great Marxist critic, Walter Benjamin, said that it … Continue reading

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bellissima

an outdoor sreening in bellissima, luchino visconti, 1952

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What if feels like to live in the early twenty first century

… Film gave way to television as a “cultural dominant’” a long time ago, in the mid-twentieth century; and television in turn has given way in recent years to computer- and network-based, and digitally generated, “new media”. Film itself has … Continue reading

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in the kingdom of shadows

Last night I was in the Kingdom of Shadows. If you only knew how strange it is to be there. It is a world without sound, without colour. Everything there – the earth, the trees, the people, the water and … Continue reading

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Peter Watkins

Here’s a rambling but great and prescient statement made by director Peter Watkins for the dvd release of La Commune in 2001. The interview takes place in a Lithuanian theme park to Communism, and he starts by imagining what might … Continue reading

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Peter Watkins

Here’s a rambling but great and prescient statement made by director Peter Watkins for the dvd release of La Commune in 2001. The interview takes place in a Lithuanian theme park to Communism, and he starts by imagining what might … Continue reading

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oversharing

I created my interior thoughts as commodities for the corporations that owned the board that I was posting to… “…some of the computer Utopians from Silicon Valley were also beginning to realise that the world wide web was not a … Continue reading

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Time for your close up…

From a radio programme about the Charlie Chaplin Archive… Simon Louvish : It’s quite clear that Chaplin in The Tramp becomes very popular very very quickly… and Mack Sennet realises that people are asking for more of these Charlie Chaplin … Continue reading

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