Things that Quicken the Heart

Friday, 15 March 2013 - 5:30pmSaturday, 16 March 2013 - 6:00pm

Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Things that Quicken the Heart

Chris Marker: A Symposium

Slought Foundation and Cinema Studies present this two-day symposium. It will explore the work of the late French filmmaker Chris Marker, who passed away in July 2012 at the age of 91 and is widely acknowledged as one of the most prolific and inventive media artists in the history of cinema. Working continually since the 1940s, Marker directed some of the most important films in the history of world cinema, including La jetée (1962), A Grin without a Cat (1997), Sans Soleil (1982), and multi-media projects Level 5 (1996) and Immemory (1998, 2008).

The symposium will feature a variety of speakers in conversation, including Agnès Varda, Raymond Bellour, Bill Horrigan, Sam Di Iorio, Lynne Sachs, Hito Steyerl, Renée Green, Dominique Blüher, Rick Warner, Christa Blümlinger, and Gertrud Koch. There will also be film screenings at International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street on February 23 and March 16.


Friday, March 15th

5:30-6:00p | Opening Remarks
Nora M. Alter
and Timothy Corrigan

6:00-7:30p | Cats - Marker Forever
Moderator: Molly Nesbit

Raymond Bellour, Marker Forever

Agnès Varda

7:30-8:45p | Reception

Saturday, March 16th

10:00-12:00p | Elephants - An Auteur without an Image: Marker in History
Moderator: Louis Massiah

Dominique Bluher, Marker, and the "golden age of short films"

Sam Di Iorio, Buried structures, half-finished Thoughts: Statues Also Die and Night and Fog

Rick Warner, The Screen Pedagogies of Marker and Godard

1:30-3:30p | Owls - Remembrance of Films to Come: Marker and Future Media
Moderator: Timothy Corrigan

Christa Blümlinger, The Museum's Attraction

Gertrud Koch, When Is It History: What And How To Remember

Bill Horrigan, Some Productions

4:00-6:00p | Wolves - The Cinema Rolls On: Filmmakers Under the Influence
Moderator: Rea Tajiri

Renée Green, Cinematic Migrations

Lynne Sachs, Pieces of Chris Marker

Hito Steyerl, Lucky Cats and Other Gestures

Cosponsored by Temple University's Department of Film and Media Arts, University of Pennsylvania's Cinema Studies Program, and Slought Foundation. Additional support  by University of Pennsylvania's Department of Fine Arts, Department of French Studies, Department of English, Penn Humanities Forum, and School of Arts and Sciences, International House of Philadelphia, and Scribe Video Center.

Film Screenings

Saturday, February 23 | 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Chris Marker's A Grin Without a Cat (1977)
Chris Marker's Level Five (1997)

International House | 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

March 16 | 7pm
Chris Marker's Early Collaborations:
Walerian Borowczyk's Les Astronautes (1959, 12 min)
Alain Resnais and Chris Marker's Toute la mémoire du monde (1956)
Alain Resnais and Chris Marker's Les Statues meurent aussi (1953)
Alain Resnais's Night and Fog – Nuit et brouillard (1955)

International House | 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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