[artinfo] Web Cinema: Alone together with Chris Marker in Second Life.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Jun 5 23:23:16 CEST 2009

Web Cinema: Alone together with Chris Marker in Second Life.

Review by Eliza Fernbach.

The enigmatic French cineaste and sociopolitical rabble rouser Chris
Marker has been offering up his home movies for six decades now. At 87
he has led the charge out of the heady 16mm revolutionary 60's of
Parisian student unrest into the subdued society of blinking solitary
screens that incite mass hypnosis via YouTube today. Second Life is the
perfect realm for Mr Marker to further his socially conscious antics.
While newcomers to the moving image who may never have spliced a real
piece of film let alone toiled at a steenbeck lay claim to being the
future of "web cinema", Chris Marker has moved on and taken the
foundations of cinema experience with him into Second Life. As a new
medium Second life is not an extension of human experience like Youtube
or Facebook it is an alternate collective 
experience in the spirit of film viewing.

Chris Marker (born 29 July 1921) is a French writer, photographer, film
director, multimedia artist and documentary maker.
He is best known for directing La Jetée (1962), as well as Sans Soleil
(1983) and AK (1985), a documentary about Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.


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