Lili Marleen

November 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Johann Georg Leinberger, 1729 – 1731

October 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Bamberg (Bayern), Heilig-Grab-Kapelle in St. Michael: Ölgemälde von Moritz Beckeradt nach Jakob Gebhard, Stuck von Johann Georg Leinberger, 1729-1731.

Die Heilig-Grab-Anlage im Kloster Michelsberg befindet sich in einem im zweiten Viertel des 18. Jahrhunderts speziell für diesen Zweck umgebauten und ausgestatteten Raum. Ganz außergewöhnlich und in dieser Art einmalig ist die Kombination des Grabes mit einem Totentanz, der sich in vielen Einzelszenen an der Decke ausbreitet und so eine enge Beziehung zwischen der Leidensgeschichte Jesu und der Allgegenwärtigkeit des Todes herstellt. Alte und Junge sowie Vertreter verschiedener Berufe werden auf allen Kontinenten zu jeder Jahreszeit mit dem Lebensende – dargestellt als Skelett – konfrontiert.

http://www.totentanz-online.de/veranstaltungen/offenes-denkmal.php

Amour by Michael Haneke

September 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Credits

  • Michael HANEKE – Director
  • Michael HANEKE – Screenplay

Actors

  • Jean-Louis TRINTIGNANT – Georges
  • Emmanuelle RIVA – Anne
  • Isabelle HUPPERT – Eva
  • Alexandre THARAUD – Alexandre

A piece of monologue by Samuel Beckett

September 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Album of Paris Crime Scenes

August 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Attributed to Alphonse Bertillon  (French, 1853–1914)

Alphonse Bertillon, the chief of criminal identification for the Paris police department, developed the mug shot format and other photographic procedures used by police to register criminals. Although the images in this extraordinary album of forensic photographs were made by or under the direction of Bertillon, it was probably assembled by a private investigator or secretary who worked at the Paris prefecture. Photographs of the pale bodies of murder victims are assembled with views of the rooms where the murders took place, close-ups of objects that served as clues, and mug shots of criminals and suspects. Made as part of an archive rather than as art, these postmortem portraits, recorded in the deadpan style of a police report, nonetheless retain an unsettling potency.

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“Twelve Theses on the Economy of the Dead” by John Berger

August 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

1. The dead surround the living. The living are the core of the dead. In this core are the dimensions of time and space. What surrounds the core is timelessness.

2. Between the core and its surrundings there are exchanges, which are not usually clear. All religions have been concerned with making them clearer.
The credibility of religion depends upon the clarity of certain unusual exchanges. The mystifications of religion are the result of trying to systematically produce such exchanges.

3. The rarity of clear exchange is due to the rarity of what can cross intact the frontier between timelessness and time.

4. To see the dead as the individuals they once were tends to obscure their nature. Try to consider the living as we might assume the dead to do:
collectively. The collective would accrue not only across space but also throughout time. It would include all those who had ever lived. And so we would also be thinking of the dead. The living reduce the dead to those who have lived, yet the dead already include the living in their own great collective.

5. The dead inhabit a timeless moment of construction continually rebegun. The construction is the state of the universe at any instant.

6. According to their memory of life, the dead know the moment of construction as, also, a moment of collapse. Having lived, the dead can never be inert.

7. If the dead live in a timeless moment, how can they have a memory? They remember no more than being thrown into time, as does everything which existed or exists.

8. The difference between the dead and the unborn is that the dead have this memory. As the number of dead increases, the memory enlarges.

9. The memory of the dead existing in timelessness may be thought of as a form of imagination concerning the possible. This imagination is close to (resides in) God, but I do not know how.

10. In the world of the living there is an equivalent but contrary phenomenon. The living sometimes experience timelessness, as revealed in sleep, ecstasy,
instants of extreme danger, orgasm, and perhaps in the experience of dying itself. During these instants the living imagination covers the entire field of experience and overruns the contours of the individual life or death. It touches the waiting imagination of the dead.

11. What is the relation of the dead to what has not yet happened, to the future? All the future is the construction in which their “imagination” is engaged.

12. How do the living lie with the dead? Until the dehumanisation of society by capitalism, all the living awaited the experience of the dead. It was their ultimate future. By themselves the living were incomplete. Thus living and dead were inter-dependent. Always. Only a uniquely modern form of egotism has broken this inter-dependence. With disastrous results for the living, who now think of the dead as eliminated.

Berlin Kurfürstendamm, 1943 (Wolf Strache)

August 22, 2012 § Leave a comment