Wed 28 Feb '18 - Film

Itinerant Movies #2: The Silent World (Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Louis Malle)

Restriction leads to Perception

The Avantgardistic State likes to play with ideas round boundaries and recstrictions, whether cultural, physical or mental. We are delighted therefore to announce a new programme; Cinema Architecture 2018: Itinerant Movies.

The intention is to show films shot ‘entirely in a single vehicle’. This means that each film can be seen as a specific vector that describes trajectories and movements marked through a Cartesian coordinate system or simply a map. With their deliberate visual restriction, the narrative of single-set films depends on the tension between the inside (vehicle) and the outside space (landscape).

These films transport the spectator from place to place, albeit with a clear spatial reference, namely the vehicle. Sailing along the Maas river by boat, moving across New York in a limousine or flying over the Robert Smithsons Spiral Jetty in a helicopter channels the perception of the landscape in a linear way: what is left behind is the known territory, what lies ahead is the unknown. Through this process the space is revealed to the spectator gradually, building up their own memories, associations, expectations, creating their own mental map on the way.

Deconstructing and reconstructing the architectural space depicted in the film engages the spectator in an active process of discovery.

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Film #2: The Silent World – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Louis Malle, (1956, FR – IT, 86 min)
This rather controversial work is the first feature-film production by the world-famous oceanographer Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, co-directed with a young Louis Malle. ‘The Silent World’ brings us in another dimension, still then relatively unexplored: the deep sea. Cousteau is a real pioneer in underwater cinematography, showing the ocean depths in colour, as well as a key figure in the evolution of autonomous diving systems, collaborating with many engineers to achieve the greatest depths. The film was shot aboard the ship Calypso. Cousteau and his team of divers shot over two years’ worth of material in the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean.