The shot above is the opening one in the experimental film Qu’est-ce que je fais là? (What am I doing there?) by Natacha Sautereau – a visual experience inseparable from its live sound accompaniment by Dominique Brunier and Bruno Izarn. Natacha has done further edits since the first screening. Despite the heat and the deficient cooling unit in the cinema, viewing and listening conditions were close to ideal last night. I won’t attempt to describe the experience of a road movie with no dialogue and no other plot than the one the spectator creates out of long traveling shots and cross-fades. The feeling for me: that of a professional globe trotter, before and after the intense moments, when the eye wanders in the drive to and from the airport, or during take-off, or when arriving by night-time in a place you’ve never seen before. The film (with sound) only exists as a working copy.
The letter from Gaillac City Hall: an administrative screw-up, my friend tells me. However, her colleague is still embroiled in the set-up for the main extra-curricular activities in the town’s schools. Special programs won’t get his attention for another week, at least. Meanwhile, if I should find a decent apartment over here, it will settle the issue – at least for another year.
For some reason, the same pencil always shows up when I want to underline something in a book. Phil Klay’s Redeployment is the one getting the Chocolate 66 Derwent Watercolour treatment at the moment. Most of the underlinings mark further mulling points for me. Or those Right-On moments where the underlining almost feels like a secret handshake with someone you’ll never meet (and might not even get along with in person) but where the words hit core-on because that‘s how a specific attitude registers when seen after something came along to shatter basic assumptions about good, evil, common sense, decency, priorities, beliefs, expectations, love, life, the way of all flesh, etc.
Paperwork. Must do paperwork. Packing, must do packing. Apartment hunting. Must do, yes, yes and yes.
Reading and writing tend to take priority. But yes, paperwork, yes packing, yes apartment search, yes.
uh… a title. yes. All right, one quote : “My attitude was, she deserved the authority she took. The things you really deserve, no one gives to you, so take what you can get. And I liked having a sparring partner.” (Phil Klay, Redeployment, Psychological Operations).