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Urban Studies | Time out of place

November 16, 2008

Insightful review of Michael Winterbottom’s 2003 film Code 46 at bldgblog. Seems that the film develops its urban backdrop via visual bricolage, amalgamating the landmarks of developing megacities into an uncannily familiar no-place. Regarding this technique, Geoff Manaugh asks, “But what does it mean that Asian cities – cinematically depicted as a kind of monolithic urban Other – are, for the time being, so visually unfamiliar to Western audiences that they can be edited into a seamless Global Metropolis, a vast agglomeration of spatial alterity that we can cut-and-paste together on film?” What, indeed. Manaugh will sit down with Winterbottom next week at the Barbican to tease out some answers.

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Football Fever

June 21, 2008

The Euro 2008 Football championships are on right now and you can hear cheering and/or fireworks just about every night. Turkey beat Croatia last night, so they face Germany next week. A friend in Kreuzberg reported that he couldn’t get to sleep with all the celebrations going on outside. Should be an interesting game, especially for the fans that have the German and Turkish flags flying proudly from their balconies. Who to support? What color to wear?

To sustain our football fever, we went to see Zidane: A 21st-Century Portrait, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s 90-minute multi-angle “documentary” about the eponymous French athlete, released just before the World Cup. At DAAD Gallery, the final cut of the film was shown next to out-takes, creating an immersive Zidane-centered screening room. Something strange happened when one was forced to focus on one player and not on the ball. The action seemed fragmented, unimportant. Gordon occasionally added Zidane’s own quotes beneath the images:

“The game, the event, is not necessarily experienced or remembered in ‘real time’…My memories of games and events are fragmented…I remember playing in another place, at another time, when something amazing happened. Someone passed the ball to me, and before even touching it, I knew exactly what was going to happen. I knew I was going to score. It was the first and last time it ever happened.”

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Zhao Liang – In an Instant

April 17, 2008

For those in Beijing: Zhao Liang, whose work is featured in the Berlin Biennial, has an opening this weekend at the Three Shadows Photography Center in Caochangdi. I’ve seen a few of his films, which I would recommend for their insightful observation of everyday absurdities (Crime and Punishment in particular). Plus, Zhao Liang is an approachable, humble guy who always seems at ease. Opening reception on Saturday, April 19, 3pm.

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