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Chris Marker ‘s influence

For all of us Chris Marker fans – great article in the Guardian

‘Thrilling and prophetic’: why film-maker Chris Marker’s radical images influenced so many artists  The Guardian.

Chris Marker was a phantom, an escape artist, a shapeshifter. He told friends he came from Ulan Bator, Mongolia. Born in 1921 in a pleasant Parisian suburb, Christian-François Bouche-Villeneuve racked up many pseudonyms and monikers: Sandor Krasna, Jacopo Berenzi, Fritz Markassin. Early on, as if in anticipation of the new vocabularies and identities that would proliferate in the digital era, he signed himself Chris.Marker.

… Across many fields – in graphic design, multimedia, but most of all in film – he made the activity of thinking about images, whether photographic or moving, seem both profound and playful… [read more]

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more at chrismarker.org

Racism as Style: The Return of Blackface

Important read in BagNews Notes:
Racism as Style: The Return of Blackface — BagNews

by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
(adapted from the Tumblr blog, The Great Leap Sideways)

Excerpt from essay > “On Tuesday of this week, the British creative arts website It’s Nice That published a feature on a photo-shoot by French multi-disciplinary studio Akatre entitled Tropical. The images consist of two young naked women painted entirely (and unrecognizably) black, stood in front of a brightly patterned tropically-themed seamless backdrop, or reflected in the smooth dark mirrored surface of a black table…” [ read more ]

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Happy to learn about thegreatleapsideways.com and greatleapsideways.tumblr.com, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, editor. The sites showcase contemporary photography with small and extended surveys of work by contemporary photographers alongside extended interviews, features, videos and extracts from texts that illuminate the practise of photography and its wider context. Looks like a great resource.

Teaching The Camera To See Skin Color

[Reblogging this interesting piece from Buzz Feed]

Teaching The Camera To See My Skin by Syreeta McFadden – BuzzFeed

I was 12 years old and paging through a photo album; my memories of the days seemed to fade in the photo’s recreation. In some pictures, I am a mud brown, in others I’m a blue black. Some of the pictures were taken within moments of one another. “You look like charcoal,” someone said, and giggled. I felt insulted, but I didn’t have the words for that yet. I just knew that I didn’t want to be seen as a quality of a dark black that would invite hatred on my skin.

A year later, it was 1988 and the overhead kitchen light burned the dullest yellow as my mother placed four proofs on the table from an Olan Mills photo session. Each wallet-sized print contained various permutations of my little sister, my mother, father, and me. She wanted to know what we thought.

I considered each of the images. I couldn’t see my face. “Why do I look so dark?” [read more]

STILL SEARCHING | AN ONLINE DISCOURSE ON PHOTOGRAPHY

still searching

STILL SEARCHING | AN ONLINE DISCOURSE ON PHOTOGRAPHY.

Excellent blog from the Fotomuseum Winterthur – six different bloggers per year. The current blogger is Marvin Heiferman, author of Photography Changes Everything. I can assure you that his posts will be interesting and expansive.

Past Bloggers >

M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online

Great resource on contemporary art.

M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online original twenty hard copy issues of the journal,  which were published from 1986-1996, have been published online on Jacket2 Reissues, an archival platform for magazines committed to poetry and poetics. Reissues editor Danny Snelson provides a little background on the journal

Founded in December of 1986 by editors Susan Bee and Mira Schor, M/E/A/N/I/N/G provided a timely vehicle for an expanded practice of art criticism from its locus in New York City. Reflecting on the origins of the magazine in an introduction to the final issue, the editors write: “we felt the need for an alternative to the market orientation of mainstream art magazines and the frequently exclusionary theoretical orientation of more academic journals, both of which seemed distant from the actual creative lives of a majority of thoughtful and informed working visual artists.” In twenty issues published over the course of a decade, M/E/A/N/I/N/G indexes the most compelling questions of its time while offering a wide range of informative and provocative critical perspectives that remain contemporary.

M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online complete index

Another Kind of Second Life

From the fabulous East of Borneo online journal/blog.

For our Second Life series, we work with writers and publishers to present selected essays, magazines, ephemera, and other previously published material that is out of print or hard to find, giving it a second life online.

Second Life: Jenni Sorkin Selects the feminist publication Chrysalis.

Second Life: Artist Brody Condon selected three out-of-print magazines with cover art that reflected the changing aesthetics of the psychedelic movement, from the whimsical to the futuristic to the academic.

check out East of Borneo for more

ETC Video History Project

Fantastic archive
of artist interviews,
bibliographies and
some online texts,
resource links, and
preservation information.

recommended texts:
Video: A Selected Chronology, 1963-1983 in Art Journal: Video – The Reflexive Medium by Barbara London, Curator of Film/Video MOMA, 1985

The Politics of Video Memory: Electronic Erasures and Inscriptions from Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices , by Marita Sturken, 1996