Deimantas Narkevičius Da capo. Fifteen Films

Eng
Ofset color print, 17 x 24cm
349 pages, hard cover
Editor: Marco Scotini
Texts: Alfonsas Andriuškevičius, Boris Buden, Ana Dević, Charles Esche, Brigitte Franzen, Maria Lind, Raimundas Malašauskas, Laura McLean-Ferris, Joanna Mytkowska, Philippe Pirotte, Gerald Raunig, Jean-Pierre Rehm, Dieter Roelstraete, Alberto Salvadori, Marco Scotini, Jan Verwoert. Andrea Viliani
Concept and Design: Archive Appendix
Pre-print, printing and binding: Musumeci, Aosta
Published by: Archive Books, 2015
ISBN: 978-3-943620-28-3

 

 

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.
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