Description: If activist slogans are forms of direct action, then their meaning is prefigurative. Their meaning refers to a future beyond capitalism. One slogan in particular thereby seems to become an ontological proof; an argument like those aiming to prove the existence of God.
Description: Norbert Davis’ dime store detective novel The Mouse in the Mountain (1943) is surprisingly good. Ludwig Wittgenstein’s favourite novel was, perhaps, ahead of its time.
Description: Infinity, as such, is unrepresentable because representations are, by definition, finite. So how do you make a film About Endlessness (2020, dir. Roy Andersson)? Precisely by representing the fragments.
Description: Rainer Maria Rilke has a famous, and famously misunderstood sonnet. A catalyst of misunderstanding is German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, who took this final line and made it the title of one of his books. This post hopes to show that Sloterdijk’s interpretation of the poem, the departure point of the entire book, is a blatant misreading.
Description: Moondog, the protagonist from Harmony Korine’s new comedy The Beach Bum (2019), is a true Nietzschean superhuman.
Description: Light, for any cinematographer, is first and foremost a technical problem: how do you make sure that the scene’s action is adequately perceptible? At what point does the light’s brightness block out the detail of the shot? Beyond the technicalities, light exerted on Robby Müller a positively metaphysical attraction.
Description: Weekend is not an activist film. But the film’s protagonist are remarkably like the protest generation of ‘68: youths seeking, violently, to liberate themselves from the yoke of capitalism. And in so doing, they reach for remarkably aesthetic means.
Description: Do we separate author and work? No. Should we? Why? I argue that, more often than not, the maker of a work plays a strong role in our aesthetic reflections. The separation of a work from its maker simply does not make sense in these cases.
Description: While officially about the evacuation of British soldiers from France during the opening stages of the Second World War in 1940, Dunkirk is not really a war film. It barely even classifies as cinema. Rather, it is more akin to an episode of confabulation.