One day, at the stroke of evening, on Emeryville beach in San Francisco, where unidentified artists, leave, without anyone knowing, sculptures manufactured with items that have washed ashore from the sea.
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Chris Marker made a film in Alameda County! Emeryville Mud Flats, and you can see the Fantasy Records Building in Berkeley, on the other side of the highway. All of these sculptures have been since removed, but they became much more proliferous after this film was made, then they got removed.. Thank you Chris Marker, for preserving a memory shared by anyone who drove down that part of the 80 during the 1980's.
Dystopia reloaded. Post-history at its best in this lilliputean film where only Marker can make junk speak volumes. Miniature masterpiece that offers a planetary vision from the peephole of a wasteland, as if invested a with a new primitivist perspective of tribal totems in the postmodern megalopolis.
the short film made me feel profoundly alone, but not lonesome. I always appreciate these types of short films that aim to evoke rather than narrate. As a radio nerd, I was quite fond of the audio work.
JUNKTOPIA (great title!) is like the fine-tuned and expertly modulated cinematic equivalent of a supercool HARPER'S photo spread. I thought of Serge Daney's POSTCARDS FROM THE CINEMA. Very much a curious dispatch from a particular space and time. Its celebration of the possibilities of detritus speaks to the return of civilization's repressed -- a fruitful ground for productive (and reproductive) cultural practice.