THE OTOLITH GROUP PRESENTS: INNER TIME OF TELEVSION
- INNER TIME OF TELEVISION
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN CHRIS MARKER AND THE OTOLITH GROUP
1st Athens Biennial 2007
10 September - 18 November
The 1st Athens Biennial 2007 Destroy Athens will open for the public on 10 September 2007 and will last until 18 November 2007.
The exhibition will take place in one main venue. The main venue is Gazi Technopolis, a complex of buildings that covers an area of approximately 30 acres, administered as a cultural venue by the Municipality of Athens. For more information visit www.athensbiennial.org or email info@....
INNER TIME OF TELEVISION is an installation of Chris Marker's 1989 largely unseen television project THE OWL'S LEGACY. It is a proposition for a new context and a new space that acts as an invitation for an encounter with Chris Marker's thirteen-part series THE OWL'S LEGACY within the space of the Biennial. It is a curatorial proposition within an artistic frame set to place The Owl within a context that looks at the legacies and potentials of television as a platform for engaged reflection on discourse led independent film and video.
The series presents itself as an archaeological excavation of keywords. An attempt to map the topography of discursive fields such as Mathematics. Misogyny, Music, Cosmogony etc. It emulates the homosociality of the symposium through five banquets staged in Paris, Athens, Tblisi, Berkeley and Tokyo. In its thirteen episodes a number of frictions and convergences between the forty-three interviewees emerge. The interviewees are classical scholars, philosophers, filmmakers, artists, dramatists, singers, politicians and composers.
Tensions emerge between those who express a neo-philhellenism, those who articulate a critical reflection on the problematic legacy of Graecophilia and those who attempt to formulate an anthropological and semiotic investigation into the conceptual inheritance of pre-and post Socratic ideas. The presence of an authorial voice that thinks aloud upon the collective conversation of thinking gives the overall effect of television as a collective intelligence seeking to study the operating systems of its cultural practices in a way that evokes, in a very different register, certain moments from Solaris or Sokurov's Russian Ark or Saul Bass' Phase IV.
A catalogue with contributions from Costa Gavras (on behalf of ARTE France and La Cinematheque Francaise), and The Otolith Group will be available on site free to the public.
INNER TIME OF TELEVISION has been commissioned by The Athens Biennial and kindly supported by ARTE France and La Cinematheque Francaise.