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. […]Read More
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” […]
At the Tivoli LAST DAY IS THURSDAY OCT. 15! – My review: DEFIANTLY YOURS [for me the mountains will always bring me back to Mount Analogue & Ilarie Voronca’s “mes amis mes montagnes” – my friends my mountains] – “If you can do it, why do it?” — Gertrude Stein. The grass is always greener somewhere else, and the mountain always higher… Why do we need to move? Restlessness, exploration? The French poet Rimbaud spoke of the “nervous twitch of action”… What does it mean to be “driven”? What is “rational madness”? … For taking you relentlessly to the edge – in the same league as Touching the Void – the least we can do is make the trip to the theater! […] #stlouis #documentary #film #climbing #adventure #suspense #Himalayas #film reviewRead More
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… […]Read More
A Man Escaped/Un Condamné à Mort s’est Échappé – Sunday, March 29 at 7:30pm – Winifred Moore Auditorium – 470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119 – With an introduction and post-film discussion by Pier Marton, artist/professor and the Unlearning Specialist at the School of No Media PART OF THE ROBERT CLASSIC FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL – Godard: Robert Bresson is French cinema, as Dostoevsky is the Russian novel and Mozart is German music.- INCLUDES LINK TO KEY BRESSON INTERVIEW […]Read More
Saturday June 28th at 8:30pm: JUDEX – 1963 at The French Film Festival @ Webster U./Moore – Followed by a discussion with Pier Marton – The Cinema and its Magicians… “Judex est un film décoratif et qui se donne comme tel: Judex n’est pas fait pour faire peur. Judex est un film de pure forme, c’est un film purement esthétique. – Judex is an esthetic film that presents itself that way: Judex was not done to create fear. It is a totally formal film, purely esthetic. J’aime les films qui me font rêver mais je n’aime pas qu’on rêve à ma place – I love films that make me dream but I don’t like it when one dreams for me. La peur est à la base de tout – Fear is behind everything. Le fantastique se crée, l’insolite se révèle – The fantastic gets created, the unusual reveals itself.” Franju […]Read More