30 April 2005

OUI

I just wanted to say that I'm going to vote Yes at the referundum for the European constitution.

--Joëlle

13 April 2005

when Beuys gets political

Feeling a little bluesy these days? Here something to make your day for a whole week at least.
I just discovered this video which apparently is quite famous: Joseph Beuys in a way you'd never expected... I wish it could have made it to my video art crash course at MLE. I'll never see his work with the same eyes again.

Some comments are posted on the site of MTAA where I found the video.

-- Joëlle

12 April 2005

(Cinema) History repeating

Irene Dunne must be the actress who starred in the greatest number of movies that were later remade:

The Age of Innocence (1934) that became in 1993 a movie directed by Martin Scorcese
Magnificient Obsession (1935) was remade in 1954 by Douglas Sirk
Show Boat (1936) made it again in 1951 with George Sidney
The Awful truth (1937) was Let's do it again in 1953
Love Affair (1939) is mostly famous as An Affair to Remember (1957) by the same director Leo McCarey and starring her most famous on-screen partner, Cary Grant
My Favorite wife (1940) was almost remade by George Cukor as Something's got to give (1962), the last unfinished movie of Marilyn Monroe
A Guy named Joe (1943) became Always with Steven Spielberg (1989)
Anna and the King of Siam (1946) was of course The King and I by Walter Lang in 1956
And those are just for the most famous ones! Note that some of them are remakes themselves (like Show Boat or The Awful truth).
This observation could lead to some of these thoughts: 1. remakes are not a new phenomenon; 2. good stories are few 3. good stories are ageless 4. remakes can be as good or better than the original 5. Irene Dunne is a considerable figure of the American cinema 6. cinema will eat itself 7. no new feature should be granted as new 8. check out the originals with Irene Dunne 9. i like to kill my time with that kind of observations

-- Joëlle

09 April 2005

A proposal

Recently, I've been working on a proposal for the DICREAM, a French agency that helps the production of mutimedia projects. I would like to develop the Passages project that was prototyped at Media Lab Europe. I really love this project and I would be very happy to see it installed, especially after all these years that the theme of urban passages has filtered my work.

So this is yet ANOTHER proposal. From this Monday, I should get the answer in about 6 - 8 weeks. And this is how my life epitomizes these days: writing and waiting, and also meeting and presenting and emailing and calling.

About one or two days per week, I get so frustrated and impatient that I think of giving it all up. That's when meditation gets very useful, or at least in my case just becoming aware of my priviledged situation, that I share for better or worse with many of my super talented friends and peers all over the world.

-- Joëlle.