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William Eggleston’s Stranded in Canton
Book and DVD, Twin Palms

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William Eggleston’s pioneering video work, “Stranded In Canton,” has been restored and is finally available, almost thirty-five years after it was made. The book contains forty frame enlargements from the digital re-master, a brief appreciation from filmmaker Gus Van Sant, and a DVD of the 77-minute film itself, along with more than thirty minutes of bonus footage and an interview with Mr. Eggleston conducted at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.

“Shot in 1974 with a Sony Porta-Pak, the crazily careering Stranded in Canton documents a cast of hard-drinking Southerners with the intimacy, ease and instability of a seasoned participants. Whiffs of Southern Gothic are not new to Mr. Eggleston’s work, but here they rise to the surface-fierce, tragic and proud.” The New York Times

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Stranded in Canton, de William Eggleston et Robert Gordon, inédit en salle en Europe, avec des images du photographe lui-même de 1973, tournées avec une Sony Porta-Pak, montées en 2005, mélangeant de tendres images de ses enfants à la maison avec celles de soirées bien arrosées, d’urination publiques et d’un homme arrachant la tête d’un poulet devant une foule en délires à la Nouvelle Orléans.

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Interview Magazine currently has an interesting exchange between William Eggleston & Harmony Korine on their website. Although Korine addresses the same territory as every other interviewer (Eggleston’s landmark use of color, his relationship with Szarkowski and MOMA, his interest in the American vernacular landscape, etc.) there are some engaging insights.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

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Text by Eyal Weizman and an introduction by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

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“Chicago” is a fake Arab town built by the Israeli Defense Force for urban combat training. It is a place that is familiar to Israeli and American soldiers, but until now largely unknown outside Israel. Chicago stands in the middle of the Negev desert, a ghost town whose history directly mirrors the story of the conflict with Palestine. During the first Gulf War, American Special Forces had their first taste of the Middle East here. “Rehearsals” included a failed attempt to assassinate Saddam Hussein, the Battle of Fallujah and, most recently, the evacuation of the Gaza settlements. Complete with homes, shops, streets, mosques and a refugee camp, Chicago represents an Israeli military fantasy: an Arab town devoid of people. It is a fantasy that was at the heart of early Zionist propaganda, expressed in the famous slogan “A Land without people for a people without land.” In an attempt to scrutinize this and other myths about the state of Israel, acclaimed photographers Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin have produced a highly original visual analysis of contemporary Israel. In their images, nothing is as it seems. A watermelon is revealed to be a suicide bomb; a forest is actually a forensic investigation. Through this collection of simulated landscapes, buildings and objects, a new perspective on Israel begins to emerge.

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Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, 2006. Chicago #16: Courtesy Paradise Row

Sophie Ristelhueber

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L’ouvrage, le premier consacré au travail de Ristelhueber, est articulé autour de trois points de vue très spécifiques : un parti-pris scientifique et très documenté de David Mellor ; un point de vue personnel de Bruno Latour ; un texte de Thomas Schlesser sur la réception de l’œuvre de Sophie Ristelhueber par la presse spécialisée et généraliste, et en particulier autour de la notion de photojournalisme et d’art.
La première partie du livre (« Ensembles ») donne à voir une sélection d’une vingtaine de travaux rassemblés sur un mode visuel et non chronologique. La seconde partie (« Chronologies ») rassemble toutes les œuvres de l’artiste de 1980 à 2008, envisagées selon un mode documentaire, assemblant citations de différents auteurs et de Sophie Ristelhueber elle-même, avec de nombreuses photographies d’expositions.

Publié à l’occasion de la grande exposition rétrospective au Jeu de Paume, de janvier à mars 2009.

Il a été réalisé une édition de tête, numérotée et signée (1 à 25 + 3 EP), accompagnée d’un tirage pigmentaire de 33 x 48 cm sur papier Hahnemühle Matt Fine Arts de 308 g tiré de la série Beyrouth, photographies (1984).

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Sophie Ristelhueber (née en 1949 à Paris) est aujourd’hui l’une des grandes figures de l’art en photographie. Elle poursuit, depuis ses travaux fondateurs sur la ville de Beyrouth détruite par la guerre au début des années 1980, une œuvre exigeante qui éprouve les conditions dans lesquelles le réel se donne à voir. Elle développe une réflexion engagée sur le territoire et son histoire au travers d’une approche singulière du paysage, conçu comme espace porteur de traces d’activité humaine et mémoire des bouleversements majeurs (grandes guerres historiques, conflits récents, guerres civiles, tremblements de terre), interrrogeant, à la façon d’une archéologue, les marques laissées par l’homme en surface et rendant visibles les stigmates de l’histoire.
Implicant un engagement personnel complet et une pratique de terrain, le travail de Ristelhueber emprunte au reportage ses outils (la photographie) et l’un de ses thèmes majeurs (la guerre), mais en les pliant aux procédures de l’art : son œuvre ne se construit pas autour du projet documentaire de représenter, mais à partir du projet esthétique d’interroger la notion de trace, sur les corps et sur les lieux.
Attentive au support des photographies, qu’il s’agisse de l’accrochage à l’échelle de la salle de musée ou de la reproduction par le livre, l’artiste recourt aussi à d’autres natures d’images (comme la vidéo) et à des dispositifs d’installation pour construire différentes formes capables de ressaisir la réalité.
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see also FAIT

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Taryn Simon

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Cryopreservation Unit

Cryonics Institute

Clinton Township, Michigan

This cryopreservation unit holds the bodies of Rhea and Elaine Ettinger, the mother and first wife of cryonics pioneer, Robert Ettinger. Robert, author of “The Prospect of Immortality” and “Man into Superman” is still alive.

The Cryonics Institute offers cryostasis (freezing) services for individuals and pets upon death. Cryostasis is practiced with the hope that lives will ultimately be extended through future developments in science, technology, and medicine. When, and if, these developments occur, Institute members hope to awake to an extended life in good health, free from disease or the aging process. Cryostasis must begin immediately upon legal death. A person or pet is infused with ice-preventive substances and quickly cooled to a temperature where physical decay virtually stops. The Cryonics Institute charges $28,000 for cryostasis if it is planned well in advance of legal death and $35,000 on shorter notice.

© Taryn Simon

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Nuclear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility Cherenkov Radiation

Hanford Site, U.S. Department of Energy

Southeastern Washington State

Submerged in a pool of water at Hanford Site are 1,936 stainless-steel nuclear-waste capsules containing cesium and strontium. Combined, they contain over 120 million curies of radioactivity. It is estimated to be the most curies under one roof in the United States. The blue glow is created by the Cherenkov Effect which describes the electromagnetic radiation emitted when a charged particle, giving off energy, moves faster than light through a transparent medium. The temperatures of the capsules are as high as 330 degrees Fahrenheit. The pool of water serves as a shield against radiation; a human standing one foot from an unshielded capsule would receive a lethal dose of radiation in less than 10 seconds. Hanford is among the most contaminated sites in the United States.

© Taryn Simon

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Research Marijuana Crop Grow Room

National Center for Natural Products Research

Oxford, Mississippi

The National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) is the only facility in the United States which is federally licensed to cultivate cannabis for scientific research. In addition to cultivating cannabis, NCNPR is responsible for analyzing seized marijuana for potency trends, herbicide residuals (paraquat) and fingerprint identification. NCNPR is licensed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and also researches and develops chemicals derived from plants, marine organisms, and other natural products.While 11 states have legalized the medical use of marijuana, a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision allows for the arrest of any individual caught using it for this purpose. Nearly half of the annual arrests for drug violations involve marijuana possession or trafficking.

© Taryn Simon

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Playboy, Braille Edition

Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

New York, New York

The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the U.S. Library of Congress, provides a free national library program of Braille and recorded materials for blind and physically handicapped persons. Magazines included in the NLS’s programs are selected on the basis of demonstrated reader interest. This includes the publishing and distribution of a Braille edition of Playboy. Approximately 10 million American adults read Playboy every month, with 3 million obtaining it through paid circulation. It has included articles by writers such as Norman Mailer, Vladimir Nabokov, Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, and Kurt Vonnegut and conducted interviews with Salvador Dali, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Malcolm X.

© Taryn Simon


see also Evidence

2fresh2die, La Révolte de la Chair

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Un projet de recherche et d’expérimentations chorégraphique et photographique

conception : Christophe Haleb et Cyrille Weiner

travail corporel et mise en espace : Christophe Haleb

photographies : Cyrille Weiner

danseurs performers : Séverine Beauvais, Elie Hay, Katia Medici, Christophe Le Blay, Arnaud saury, Gilles Viandier, Steve Paulet

stylisme : Victor Bulle / Andrea Crews

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2fresh2die, La Révolte de la Chair

Aurélia Frey

Il n’est pas nécessaire que tu sortes de ta maison. Reste à ta table et écoute. N’écoute même pas, attends seulement. N’attends même pas, sois absolument silencieux et seul. Le monde viendra s’offrir à toi pour que tu le démasques, il ne peut faire autrement, extasié, il se tordra devant toi….
Franz Kafka

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Aurélia Frey, de la série “Hésychia”

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Aurélia Frey,  de la série “Passage”

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Aurélia Frey, de la série “Le dernier voyage”

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Aurélia Frey,  de la série “Juste avant l’orage”

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Aurélia Frey, de la série “Le dernier voyage”

Vers la source de l’imaginaire, la source bouillonnante, inconsciente, où les images naissent et meurent, où rien ne se perd, rien ne s’oublie, rien n’est jamais au passé.
Régis Durand

Il existe un temps entre les choses, un temps en suspension qui dure seulement l’espace de quelques secondes : un fragment d’éternité. Juste le calme avant la tempête, une tension palpable dans l’air, sur nos visages, sur les objets : comme si dans ce fragment se jouait l’équilibre précaire du monde.

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Aurélia Frey,  de la série “Juste avant l’orage”

Cold snaps
The Soviet film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky always carried a Polaroid camera with him. His son, Andrei A Tarkovsky, explains the background to some of the pictures

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Myasnoye
This is in Myasnoye, Russia, where my family had a holiday home.
© Andrei A Tarkovsky. All rights reserved

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Boat
This is my father’s boat near our house in Myasnoye. He was greatly attached to that place, where he could isolate himself and work on his scripts – the first drafts of Stalker and The Sacrifice were written there. He used to take long walks and these pictures are the memories of those promenades.
© Andrei A Tarkovsky. All rights reserved

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Mother
My mother, Larissa Tarkovsky, and Dak in Myasnoye. You may find a lot of similarities of these pictures with Gorkachov’s dreams in Nostalgia.
© Andrei A Tarkovsky. All rights reserved

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Myasnoye
This is the view from my father’s room in the country house in Myasnoye.
© Andrei A Tarkovsky. All rights reserved


“…Any artist in any genre is striving to reflect as deep as possible a person’s inner world… I realized, quite unexpectedly for myself, that all these years I was doing one and the same thing and in essence I’m always interested in the same problems. Though I was making different types of films, all of them came to life for one reason — they had to tell about the inner duality of a human being. About his contradictory position between spirit and substance, between spiritual ideals and the necessity to exist in this material world.”
Andrei Tarkovsky, About Andrei Tarkovsky, Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1990
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Bright, Bright Day: Andrey Tarkovsky’s Polaroids. Edited by Stephen Gill
by Andrei Arsenevich Tarkovskii, Professor Stephen Gill (Editor), Andrey Tarkovsky (Photographer)
Andrey Tarkovsky is widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers in history. This beautifully produced, gem-like volume collects his extremely evocative and personal Polaroids, most of which feature his family and their most cherished settings-at home and in nature. Edited by Stephen Gill, who also contributes a text, this volume contains essays by leading critics; poems by Arseniy Tarkovsky; a text by Andrey A. Tarkovsky, his son; Andrey Tarkovsky’s own essay on photography; and a series of intimate Tarkovsky family photographs made during the 1930s by the Moscow poet Lev Gornung. In his text, Gill writes, “The images seem to dance between reality, the very being of their subject, and the photographer’s feeling for them. These images are descriptive documents, but they also speak for themselves, conveying something of Tarkovsky’s emotions. Tarkovsky’s photographs are wonderfully measured; his feet seem to be firmly on the ground, and yet he leaves space for his subjects to breathe, so he does not mute the essence.”


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