TALK: ‘Michel de Montaigne and Self-Portrait in Film.’
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
Saturday 8th March 2014. 2pm
Montaigne was one of the most influential writers of the 16th century, who tried to create an honest self-portrait including all the strengths, weaknesses, fears and joys of his daily life experiences. His fascinating and deeply human writing includes titles: Of Age,’ ‘The Force of the Imagination,’ ‘Of Experience,’ ‘Of Dying,’ ‘Of Drunkenness’ and ‘That We Taste Nothing Pure.’
Considering Montaigne’s attempt at honesty, including his own sense of uncertainty about the truth, Rebecca will talk about his work and look at techniques used by filmmakers to make self-portraits, a hard to define genre of moving image that sometimes falls between documentary and fiction.
Screening of excerpts include:
• Jonas Mekas, ‘As I Was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty’ 2000 (excerpt).
• Rebecca E Marshall, ‘This That Happens’ 1995-2013, excerpts from personal archive.
• Jonathan Caouette, ‘Tarnation’ 2003.
• Agnes Varda, ‘The Gleaners and I’ 2000 and ‘The Beaches of Agnes’ 2008, (excerpts).
• Chris Marker, ‘Sans Soleil’ 1983, (excerpt).