Pier Marton

That seditious activity: being alive

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Francofonia by Sokurov

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Art, Complexity, Death, Doc, Film, France, History, Ideas, Mystery, Review, STL, Time, Violence, Wars |

Excerpt from my review: “We eagerly divide up our lives into past, present, future (and history), and act as if the riddle of time, this most perplexing mystery, had been solved. Yet, a few scientists, philosophers, artists, poets, filmmakers and other mystics keep venturing outside these ready-made formulas….. Through a rich mixture of documentary and fiction footage, composed like the free verse reflections of a visual archeologist – the film plays with our tired eyes: will it be able to jolt us out of our endless complacency and arrogance?” […]

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The Void and its Pressure

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Art, Care, Complexity, Death, Doc, Education, Ego, Hispanic, Ideas, NON, Now, Peace, Poet, Site, Spectacle, Text, The Future, Time, Violence, Wars, Women, Words, World, Youth |

An interview with Pier Marton, translated from the Spanish. Excerpts: “what follows does not represent ideas but stands for a lived-through experience — something which by definition can neither be communicated nor argued with… what needs to be unlearned is beyond our grasp… it is by becoming somebody that one crowns a successful education — self-distinction, self-inflation are inculcated from the start… what is being discussed here corresponds to the very same silence that Rimbaud and Gauguin may have experienced through their exiles, or through death’s notorious silence… It should be evident that when something tragic takes place, words are failing us. Those crises contain a form of wisdom and clarity which would be good to apply during our “normal” states — not only during those dramatic transitions, when we don’t know what is happening. We actually never know what is happening and, in finding speech inadequate, words should always fail us. […]

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THE SCHOOL OF NO MEDIA

Posted by on Jan 1, 2016 in Action, Art, Care, Complexity, Death, Doc, Eco, Education, Ego, Free, Health, Highlights, Human Rights, Ideas, Media, Now, Peace, Poet, Religion, Site, Spectacle, Time, Violence, Wars, World |

On January 1st, World-Wide Wishful Thinking Day, the Grand Opening of the School of No Media! Excerpts from the front-page: “We live as if tomorrow did not exist, ignoring the imminent oblivion that awaits us all… but it does not stop there. The fact that experience is not transmissible compounds all of our mistakes, and our planet steadily falls apart. Full of wishful thinking, we want to believe… but nothing is a surprise anymore. What we know strangles us: reality is off limits and immediacy has gone. Our universe is built up to the extent that alienation, separation, isolation – and for some of us, exile – have become the very fabric of our existence, the only turf we inhabit.
Both centrality and normalcy as a whole are two of our major hoaxes, but again it goes further: like some kind of tautological monstrosity, we are so full of ourselves, we have become the victims of our own centrality” […]

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SLIFF BUZZ 2015: TODAY’S 3 WONDERS

Posted by on Nov 8, 2015 in Antisemitism, Art, France, Magyar, Racism, Review, Shoah, STL, Time, US, Violence, Women |

— Sunday November 8 — The St. Louis International Film Festival is outdoing itself again! 12:05 p.m. at the Plaza Frontenac: “The King and the Mockingbird” Dialogues by the great Jacques Prévert and Paul Grimault (both from Groupe Octobre), with Pierre Brasseur, Fernand Ledoux, Anouk Aimée, Serge Reggiani, Raymond Bussieres, Roger Blin, Claude Piéplu — 4 p.m. at the Tivoli: “Carol” By the accomplished stylist Todd Haynes (“Mildred Pierce,” “Far from Heaven”), with Rooney Mara & Cate Blanchett — 6:15pm at Webster University: SHOWN IN 35 mm! – and unlikely to be shown in St. Louis again – “Son of Saul” – Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize – Considering the topic, this prize reveals how surprised the jury members were by this film and its 38 year director […]

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Salgado & The Salt of the Earth – a review

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Art, Care, Death, Doc, Eco, Film, France, Highlights, Human Rights, Native, Now, Peace, Photo, Politics, Racism, Review, Spectacle, STL, Travel, Wars, Women, World |

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau. My review: Like Don McCullin, another photographer who has been on the alert for a very long time, Sebastião Salgado cares very much about the entire planet. SalgadoSML Salgado with the statuesque features of a Greek oracle figure looks straight at us; what is to be revealed?
As he plunges over and over into the “heart of darkness” without renouncing its splendor, it is as if his own heart’s chambers expand each time. […]

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ERVIN MARTON IN LOS ANGELES

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Art, Doc, Ego, France, Idées, Now, Photo, Poet |

May 14th – July 3rd, 2015 – Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce ERVIN MARTON – PARIS: THE POSTWAR YEARS, an exhibition of work from internationally celebrated classic photographer Ervin Marton (1912 – 1968). Born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary in 1912, Marton was trained in drawing and sculpture as a youth, and taught himself photography. By the mid-1930s, Paris had grown as a haven for artists as well as… […]

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