Chris Marker: Silent Movie, Selected Screenings

[Exhibition Catalogues]


Ohio: Ohio State University, Wexner Center for the Arts, 1995. Oblong 8vo (18×23,5). 40pp. Printed card wrappers with french flaps, staple-bound. Text in English. Mild rubbing to edges with tiny closed tear at spine-head. Few very minimal surface scratches to wrappers. Clean and sound. Near fine.
London: Piers and Beaconsfield, 1999. 8vo (30x21cm). 16pp. Printed card wrappers, staple-bound. Text in English. Mild rubbing to edges. Spine-tail slightly bumped. Few very minimal surface scratches to wrappers. Overall in near fine condition.


Chris Marker’s video installation Silent Movie was commissioned in 1995 by Bill Horrigan of the Wexner Center for the Arts to celebrate the centenary of cinema.

Chris Marker introduced his mechanical model of memory; a video installation of five vertically stacked monitors, each representing a certain theme: The Journey, The Face, The Gesture, The Waltz, and the fifth monitor in the middle, showed a collection of ninety-four silent era intertitles, starring Catherine Belkhodja.

The design of the Wexner Center of Arts catalogue, was inspired by a French film journal of the 1920’s, including video stills and intertitles from the installation, the essays Another Likeness by media arts curator Bill Horrigan, and The Rest Is Silent by Chris Marker.

Feeling the need to present Chris Marker’s work in the UK, the Beaconsfield Gallery, in co-production with Pier Trust, brought the Silent Movie exhibition from Ohio to London in 1999. The catalog Chris Marker: Silent Movie and Selected Screenings features texts by Catherine and Andrew Brighton, Craigie Horsfield and Dom Rotheroe, who deal with Chris Marker‘s work on a very personal level.

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