BOZAR and La Cinématèque française join forces for a journey through the world and archives of Chris Marker (1921-2012). The exhibition ICEBERG is a workshop, a workspace and a meeting space inspired by the work of Chris Marker, where visitors can experiment with plenty of analogue and digital tools, texts, images and sounds.
From 19 September 2018 until 6 January 2019.
Because I know that time is time
and place is always and only place
(from Ash-Wednesday as quoted at the beginning of Marker’s Sans soleil)
“Here’s a good opportunity to get rid of a label that’s been stuck on me. For many people, ‘engaged’ means ‘political,’ and politics, the art of compromise (which is as it should be – if there is no compromise there is only brute force, of which we’re seeing an example right now) bores me deeply. What interests me is history, and politics interests me only to the degree that it represents the mark history makes on the present. With an obsessive curiosity [...] I keep asking: How do people manage to live in such a world? And that’s where my mania comes from, to see ‘how things are going’ in this place or that.”
Hillary Weston: What was the last thing you saw that really moved you?
Babette Mangolte: Last week I saw the exhibition at the Cinémathèque française about Chris Marker. I spent four and a half hours there, and I learned at the end that I could get an extension of my ticket to come back – which is good because it takes ten hours to see the whole show. You get the sense that he was somebody who worked mostly with other people and helped create the conditions – a bit like Jonas Mekas – and the structure of production to permit others to produce work. I’m going to go back. [...]
Interview with Babette Mangolte, filmmaker and cinematographer, notably of Chantal Akerman’s work2
- 1. Chris Marker in “Marker Direct: an interview with Chris Marker,” Film Comment, May/June 2003. Originally published in La Libération.
- 2. Hillary Weston, “Through Her Eyes: A Conversation with Babette Mangolte,” Criterion, 30 July 2018.