Berger’s Ways of Seeing

John Berger’s BBC doc, Ways of Seeing, is on Youtube (this isn’t really news, btw: the version I’m linking to has been up since March of 08).  It’s a fascinating primer on some of the key observations of theorists like Benjamin and Vertov on the role of recording technologies of the 20th Century.

It is especially poignant, if ironic, that Berger regularly reminds the viewer of the status of the images she is consuming, pointing out that while he throws prints of famous paintings onto a pile in his studio, images that were once surrounded by their context of a Cathedral or Palace are now surrounded by the viewer’s own living room and the living rooms of many others simultaneously.

This is probably true, except for one crucial difference: we’re seeing them not through out televisions but through our computers.

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Foodie Noir?

This sweet little piece of animation unloads a hefty helping of noir sensibility.  I especially love the fact that the protagonist heeds not the obvious, literal manifestation of the consequences of his actions.  That’s one of those facets of the noir ethos that might not be readily apparent until you see it spoofed so perfectly as it is here.

Good stuff.

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