Abstract

Between 1961 and 1967, the French filmmaker Chris Marker published,
through Éditions du Seuil, two volumes entitled
Commentaires. Marker
himself, who had collaborated as both an author and editor with the
publishers – for whom he had conceived and curated, amongst others, the
illustrated volumes of
Petite Planète series (1954–1964) – designed the two
publications that contain the ‘commentaries’ or scripts of his first films. As a
cineast and bibliophile, Marker’s interest in the relationship between images
and text underscored both the film-essay and the book ‘ersatz cinema’.

The structure and compositional method chosen for this volume ‘revisits’
Marker’s form of commentary, making its own a theme that is dear to the
Lithuanian artist and filmmaker. Indeed, the parallels and superimpositions
between film material and printed matter are not secondary in Narkevičius’
work: from the shooting of Stanislaw Lem’s novel in
Revisiting Solaris, to
the enactment of the founding myth of the city of Vilnius in
Legend Coming
True, to the tracking shot over the covers on display in a German
Democratic Republic bookshop in
Into the Unknown, through to his more
recent video,
Books on Shelves and Without Letters, shot inside a
secondhand bookshop.

The relationship between text and image emerges once again in the various
stratifications of speech (voiceover, direct, transmitted, deferred, etc), as a
multiplicity of levels that defines time both in a biographical and historical
way. In transcribing the integral version of the films’ dialogue list, we have
attempted to account for this articulation specific to Narkevičius’ film
montages, highlighting, where considered necessary, the corresponding
scenes and the subjects of the enunciation. The publication is completed by
the comments of 16 authors on the 15 films made by Narkevičius from 1997
through to today, an exception being made for
Scena (2003) and
Ausgeträumt (2010), to which reference is made in parallel with the reading
of
Books on Shelves and Without Letters. Each film is introduced by the
artist’s personal statement.
   
About the book

Deimantas Narkevičius
Da capo. Fifteen Films

Edited by Marco Scotini

Editorial coordination
Paolo Caffoni

With essays by Alfonsas
Andriuškevičius, Boris Buden,
Ana Dević, Charles Esche,
Brigitte Franzen, Maria Lind,
Raimundas Malašauskas, Laura
McLean-Ferris, Joanna
Mytkowska, Philippe Pirotte,
Gerald Raunig, Jean-Pierre
Rehm, Dieter Roelstraete,
Alberto Salvadori, Marco Scotini,
Jan Verwoert. Andrea Viliani.

Published in collaboration with
Museo Marino Marini, Florence;
Museum of Contemporary Art,
Zagreb; gb agency, Paris and
Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin.

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English
Hardcover, 17 × 24 cm
352 pages, b&w and colour

isbn 978-3-943620-28-3

€ 30.00
 
Deimantas Narkevičius
Da capo. Fifteen Films

Edited by Marco Scotini
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