Tuesday, February 10, 2009

[HvEXAS] Fwd: EMPAC | February 10 - February 17 | Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I)

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Date: February 9, 2009 10:39:02 AM EST
Subject: EMPAC | February 10 - February 17 | Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I)

Unfiction | Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (The Gleaners and I) 
Tuesday, February 10, 7 PM
Director: Agnés Varda

Departing from Les Glaneuses, Jean-Francois Millet's celebrated 1867 portrait of women picking through a harvested wheat field, French filmmaker Agnés Varda constructs a moving and thoughtful visual essay on the concept and lifestyle of "gleaning," or scavenging, once ubiquitous in rural 19th-century France. Varda's film is both a social documentary and a frank and personal rumination on the experience of marginalization. By focusing on the overlooked, an open view emerges of our own attitudes towards usefulness, aging, decay and the discarded.

The intrepid septuagenarian filmmaker embarks on a road trip to find France's contemporary gleaners – young vandalizers, trash artists, a former truck driver – all the while commenting on what she sees with her compassion and wry humor. Varda sees herself is a gleaner of images, objects, people, thoughts. As she travels through this "wandering-road-documentary", gathering the film's images, she collects heart-shaped potatoes that would otherwise be tossed or a silent broken clock that ends up on her mantle.

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Johannes Geobel

In a Glass Hour | Johannes Goebel
Tuesday, February 17, 7 PM

In this talk, music will serve as projection screen to reflect thoughts on time. Music is, quite obviously, not language (even though there are many who say music is the universal language). Sound moves differently in time than pictures or touch. A printed book evolves differently in time when we read it than a piece of music when we listen to it. A film can be fast-forwarded differently than a piece of music. 

Music in Western culture has dealt with time and rhythm differently than music of other cultures. The Western notation of music in conjunction with the development of clocks influenced how we think and feel time. Time became mechanized, and now computers are lost without their clock. The assumption that time, as we see it governing our lives, allows us to structure future, present and past (in that order) is a political tool, for better and worse. 

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