Archive for the ‘Film’ Category

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Blackhat’: Techno-thriller hacks into Michael Mann’s directorial signatures, By Peter Suderman — Special to The Washington Times – – Friday, January 16, 2015

The cinematic world of Michael Mann, the director behind “Heat,” “Collateral,” “The Insider” and “Miami Vice,” might look more or less like ours on the surface, but in fact it’s an alternate universe with unique rules and customs.

It’s a world in which the top three buttons of any men’s shirt are useless and designer sunglasses are always at hand. It’s a world of ultramodern architecture and eerie neon urban vistas, a world in which no human ever says “hello” or “goodbye” while on the telephone, and in which the most powerful form of communication between two individuals is the glower, the glance, the look that is at one mysterious and perfectly telling.


The alpha-hacker at the center of it all is Nicholas Hathaway (Chris Hemsworth), a convict with the legendary ability to penetrate practically any computer security system. When we first encounter him, he’s in prison, listening to high-end headphones and reading Foucault. He wears his hair long, in a lionlike blonde mane, and his biceps look like chiseled marble. He gets into trouble with the prison guards. Then he does some push-ups, just because.

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A Weekend of Schizo-Culture

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The closing Schizo-Culture Weekend will activate many of the subjects touched on by SPACE’s current exhibition: Schizo-Culture: Cracks In The Street.

12–14 Dec 2014

SPACE, 129–131 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3RH

Free entry

Discussions ranging across themes such as anti-psychiatry, philosophy and disciplinary rationalities (and their intersection with artistic practice today) will be programmed alongside performances, screenings and more impromptu interventions. Musical performances from Saturday afternoon will re-visit the bristling energy of 70′s Schizo-anarchy and its legacies and will run into the late evening.

Entry to the weekend is free and open to all,

There will be a bar open throughout.

The event includes contributions from activists, artists, philosophers, filmmakers and musicians including (amongst others) : Sylvere Lotringer, Susan Stenger, Kodwo Eshun (The Otolith Group), Colin Gordon,Vivienne Dick, Patrick Staff, Plastique Fantastique (David Burrows & Simon O’Sullivan and collaborators), 0rphan Drift (Maggie Roberts & Lendl Barcelos) Ciaran Smyth (Vagabond Reviews), Anna Hickey Moody, Hester Reeve, Sidsel Meineche Hansen,  Anne Tallentire, Josephine Wikstrøm, Mischa Twitchin and Empty Cages Collective with additional surprise guests and contributors: further details to be announced.


Friday 12 Dec
3pm: Talk and discussion with Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Josephine Wikstrøm
6pm: Film screening and talk with Imogen Stidworthy on her practice and the work of Fernand Deligny

Saturday 13 Dec
1pm until late: A day-long series of discussions, performances, interventions, workshops, screenings ranging from anti-psychiatry and philosophy to prisons and music, and featuring amongst many others Sylvere Lotringer, Susan Stenger, Colin Gordon, Kodwo Eshun, Vivienne Dick, Plastique Fantastique, 0rphan Drift (Maggie Roberts & Lendl Barcelos), Hester Reeve, Mischa Twitchin, Ciaran Smyth (Vagabond Reviews), Anna Hickey Moody and Empty Cages Collective. The gallery will remain open late into the evening.

Sunday 14 Dec
12pm-6pm: An afternoon of projections, informal drop-in and schizo-screenings including work by Sylvere Lotringer, Vivienne Dick and material from the Semiotext(e) archive.

Weekend curated by Katherine Waugh & David Morris

Supported by the the Arts Council England and the Institut Francais London.
Additional support from Broadstone Studios, Dublin

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‘Foucault contre lui-même’: un film de François Caillat (2014)

Cécile Mazin, Foucault contre lui-même : Arte dans la tête d’un philosophe
Un documentaire pour le trentième anniversaire de la mort, ActuaLitté, 15 avril 2014

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À l’occasion du trentième anniversaire de la disparation de Michel Foucault, arte diffuse le documentaire Foucault contre lui-même – ou comment un penseur majeur du 20e siècle a réussi à ne jamais donner une vision figée de lui-même et de ses travaux.

Disparu en juin 1984, Michel Foucault a laissé une œuvre traduite dans le monde entier, soumise à interprétation, source d’inspiration pour de nombreux penseurs. L’homme se montra à la mesure de son œuvre : complexe et contrasté. Il fut en même temps militant radical et professeur au collège de France, engagé politique et philosophe studieux, vivant volontiers aux marges et soucieux de tenir une place centrale dans l’institution. C’était un personnage brillant, incisif, iconoclaste.

Intervenant depuis sa chaire comme dans la rue, il a incarné la figure d’un intellectuel en prise avec son temps, tirant de son expérience personnelle la matière à des réflexions qui ont dépassé son époque et font autorité.

Le film présente le cheminement d’une pensée sujette à variations et souvent à des reniements, déplacée d’une discipline à l’autre, changeant de perspective et de centres d’intérêt, mais inscrite dans une grande cohérence. En trente ans, le travail de Michel Foucault construit un parcours multiple, pluriel, d’une originalité reconnue par tous et probablement inégalée.

Rendez-vous le 18 juin, à 22h20 sur Arte, donc.

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Foucault : la prison aujourd’hui
19-30 mars 2014

Dix jours d’événements autour des représentations de la pièce de théâtre FOUCAULT 71
Voir – télécharger le programme complet

(Texte d’Anne-Catherine Menétrey-Savary, Le Courrier, 3 mars 2014)

et autour de la manifestation: La question de l’abolition de la prison

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Darragh O’Donoghue, Retour en Normandie, Senses of Cinema, Issue 60, October 2011.

Full article online

….It is no coincidence that with Retour en Normandie (Return to Normandy) Philibert should abandon his seemingly “objective” direct cinema approach to produce his most formally complex and self-reflexive film to date.

Moi, Pierre Rivière is a docudrama based on a dossier compiled by historian Michel Foucault and his research team at the Collège de France (5). On 3 June 1835, 20-year-old farmhand Pierre Rivière murdered his pregnant mother, sister and brother and went into hiding in the Normandy countryside. Before he was caught, judicial and doctors’ reports, examinations and certificates, witness statements, letters and newspaper articles suggested that Rivière was mentally defective, prone to scaring children, shrinking from women, torturing birds and animals, devising elaborate weapons and generally living in an unhealthy, private, fantasy world. In prison, he was permitted to write an account of his actions and motives; far from demonstrating inarticulate idiocy, the manuscript was recognised at once for its singular sensibility, and has become a classic of French prose. It is one of the earliest texts of peasant self-consciousness, a detailed social history of mid-19th century Normandy, and a systematic account of individual, social and familial dysfunction. Far from “explaining” the murders, however, the manuscript was used and interpreted by opposing sides to determine the extent of Rivière’s guilt, in particular those involved in the burgeoning psychiatric profession, at a time when doctors were competing with judges to determine criminals’ responsibilities for their actions.

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Steven James Scott, Foucault’s Room
A short film posted on Vimeo

Based on Michel Foucault’s stay in Warsaw in the late 50s, Foucault’s Room is a visual exploration of the post-war architecture of Warsaw over a text riddled with innuendos about erotic encounters under close scrutiny by the Communist authorities.

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Patrice Maniglier et Dork Zabunyan, Foucault va au cinéma., Montrouge: Editions Bayard, Collection La logique des images, 2011

A workshop on 11 February 2011 and a subsequent cinema program in association with the book took place in Nice. See here for a video of the program.

See also this press release

You can can also listen to a program (podcast) with the authors on France Culture.

Review in Le Monde

Des textes réunis pour la première fois.

Voici réunis pour la première fois les textes de Michel Foucault sur le cinéma grâce à Dork Zabunyan et Patrice Maniglier qui les présentent et les analysent. On peut s’étonner que cette facette de l’œuvre de Michel Foucault n’est jamais fait l’objet d’un livre jusque là tant ses ouvrages sont commentés et débattus aujourd’hui. Une réflexion inédite sur sa relation au cinéma .

Penser autrement le cinéma

Ses travaux sur la prison, l’hôpital, la sexualité répondaient à son désir de « penser autrement » et notamment de faire de l’histoire autrement, en s’attachant à tous ces micro-procédures dont nous ne sommes pas conscients mais qui décident certains des changements les plus profonds. Justement, et c’est ce que démontrent ici les philosophes Dork Zabunyan et Patrice Maniglier, le cinéma est un lieu où ces micro-changements inconscients peuvent être vus. La relation de la pensée de Foucault au cinéma est donc loin d’être marginale, comme l’apport de cet ouvrage à la réception de son œuvre.

Dork Zabunyan est philosophe, maître de conférence à l’université de Lille 3. Il est l’auteur de Gilles Deleuze. Voir, parler, penser au risque du cinéma (Presses de la Sorbonne nouvelle) et collabore à de nombreuses revues (Critique, Art Press, Trafic, Vacarme…)

Patrice Maniglier enseigne la philosophie française du vingtième siècle, à l’université d’Essex en angleterre. Il est notamment l’auteur de La perspective du diable (Actes Sud), Antimanuel d’éducation sexuelle (avec Marcella Iacub, Bréal), La vie énigmatique des signes (Leo Scheer).

Added 19 August 2012
This book is currently being translated into English by Clare O’Farrell and will be published by Columbia University Press. The English edition will include the full versions of all ten of Foucault’s articles and interviews relating to film and an additional chapter by the translator. The book in French contains extracts from 9 of Foucault’s articles, not the full versions.

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