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Deimantas Narkevičius: Da Capo. Fifteen Films Deimantas Narkevičius: Da Capo. Fifteen Films

Artist Deimantas Narkevičius' 15 films between 1997 and 2013 in the words of 16 international writers. 

Artist Deimantas Narkevičius' 15 films between 1997 and 2013 in the words of 16 international writers. 

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Between 1961 and 1967, the French filmmaker Chris Marker published, through Éditions du Seuil, two volumes entitled Commentaires. Marker himself, who had collaborated as both an author and editor with the publishers – for whom he had conceived and curated, amongst others, the illustrated volumes of Petite Planète series (1954–1964) – designed the two publications that contain the ‘commentaries’ or scripts of his first films. As a cineast and bibliophile, Marker’s interest in the relationship between images and text underscored both the film-essay and the book ‘ersatz cinema’.

The structure and compositional method chosen for this volume ‘revisits’ Marker’s form of commentary, making its own a theme that is dear to the Lithuanian artist and filmmaker. Indeed, the parallels and superimpositions between film material and printed matter are not secondary in Narkevičius’ work: from the shooting of Stanislaw Lem’s novel in Revisiting Solaris, to the enactment of the founding myth of the city of Vilnius in Legend Coming True, to the tracking shot over the covers on display in a German Democratic Republic bookshop in Into the Unknown, through to his more recent video, Books on Shelves and Without Letters, shot inside a secondhand bookshop.
The relationship between text and image emerges once again in the various stratifications of speech (voiceover, direct, transmitted, deferred, etc), as a multiplicity of levels that defines time both in a biographical and historical way. In transcribing the integral version of the films’ dialogue list, we have attempted to account for this articulation specific to Narkevičius’ film montages, highlighting, where considered necessary, the corresponding scenes and the subjects of the enunciation. The publication is completed by the comments of 16 authors on the 15 films made by Narkevičius from 1997 through to today, an exception being made for Scena (2003) and Ausgeträumt (2010), to which reference is made in parallel with the reading of Books on Shelves and Without letters. Each film is introduced by the artist’s personal statement.

Table of Contents

Da Capo. Deimantas Narkevičius' 'Once More' - Marco scotini

ONCE (IN WORDS)

FILM No 1: Europa, 54° 54'- 25° 19 - Maria Lind

FILM No 2: His-story - Dieter Roelstraete

FILM No 3: Legend Coming TrueRaimundas Malasauskas

FILM No 4: Energy Lithuania - Charles Esche

FILM No 5: Kaimietis (Countryman) - Alfonsas Andriuskevicius

FILM No 6: The Role of a Lifetime - Jan Verwoert

FILM No 7: Once in the XX Century - Gerald Raunig

FILM No 8: Matrioskos - Alberto Salvadori, Andrea Viliani

FILM No 9: Disappearance of a Tribe - Boris Buden

FILM No 10: Revisiting Solaris - Jean-Pierre Rehm

FILM No 11: The Head - Ana Devic

FILM No 12: The Dud Effet - Brigitte Franzen

FILM No 13: Into the Unknown - Joanna Mytkowska

FILM No 14: Restricted Sensation - Philippe Pirotte

FILM No 15: Book on Shelves and Without Letters - Laura McLean-Ferris

ONCE MORE (IN FILM)

BIOGRAPHY

BIBLOIGRAPHY

Between 1961 and 1967, the French filmmaker Chris Marker published, through Éditions du Seuil, two volumes entitled Commentaires. Marker himself, who had collaborated as both an author and editor with the publishers – for whom he had conceived and curated, amongst others, the illustrated volumes of Petite Planète series (1954–1964) – designed the two publications that contain the ‘commentaries’ or scripts of his first films. As a cineast and bibliophile, Marker’s interest in the relationship between images and text underscored both the film-essay and the book ‘ersatz cinema’.

The structure and compositional method chosen for this volume ‘revisits’ Marker’s form of commentary, making its own a theme that is dear to the Lithuanian artist and filmmaker. Indeed, the parallels and superimpositions between film material and printed matter are not secondary in Narkevičius’ work: from the shooting of Stanislaw Lem’s novel in Revisiting Solaris, to the enactment of the founding myth of the city of Vilnius in Legend Coming True, to the tracking shot over the covers on display in a German Democratic Republic bookshop in Into the Unknown, through to his more recent video, Books on Shelves and Without Letters, shot inside a secondhand bookshop.
The relationship between text and image emerges once again in the various stratifications of speech (voiceover, direct, transmitted, deferred, etc), as a multiplicity of levels that defines time both in a biographical and historical way. In transcribing the integral version of the films’ dialogue list, we have attempted to account for this articulation specific to Narkevičius’ film montages, highlighting, where considered necessary, the corresponding scenes and the subjects of the enunciation. The publication is completed by the comments of 16 authors on the 15 films made by Narkevičius from 1997 through to today, an exception being made for Scena (2003) and Ausgeträumt (2010), to which reference is made in parallel with the reading of Books on Shelves and Without letters. Each film is introduced by the artist’s personal statement.

Table of Contents

Da Capo. Deimantas Narkevičius' 'Once More' - Marco scotini

ONCE (IN WORDS)

FILM No 1: Europa, 54° 54'- 25° 19 - Maria Lind

FILM No 2: His-story - Dieter Roelstraete

FILM No 3: Legend Coming TrueRaimundas Malasauskas

FILM No 4: Energy Lithuania - Charles Esche

FILM No 5: Kaimietis (Countryman) - Alfonsas Andriuskevicius

FILM No 6: The Role of a Lifetime - Jan Verwoert

FILM No 7: Once in the XX Century - Gerald Raunig

FILM No 8: Matrioskos - Alberto Salvadori, Andrea Viliani

FILM No 9: Disappearance of a Tribe - Boris Buden

FILM No 10: Revisiting Solaris - Jean-Pierre Rehm

FILM No 11: The Head - Ana Devic

FILM No 12: The Dud Effet - Brigitte Franzen

FILM No 13: Into the Unknown - Joanna Mytkowska

FILM No 14: Restricted Sensation - Philippe Pirotte

FILM No 15: Book on Shelves and Without Letters - Laura McLean-Ferris

ONCE MORE (IN FILM)

BIOGRAPHY

BIBLOIGRAPHY

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 9783943620283
Author(s) Marco Scotini, Maria Lind, Dieter Roelstraete, Raimundas Malasauskas, Charles Esche, Alfonsas Andriuskevicius, Jan Verwoert, Gerald Raunig, Alberto Salvadori, Andrea Viliani, Boris Buden, Jean-Pierre Rehm, Ana Devic, Brigitte Franzen, Joanna Mytkowska Phi
Publisher(s) Archive Books
Editor(s) Marco Scotini
Format Hardback
Original publication date 1 Apr 2015
Number of pages 350 pages

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