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Left-wing melancholies

Keeney, Gavin 2013, Left-wing melancholies, in Cultural ecology : new approaches to culture, architecture and ecology, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic., pp. 106-111.

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Title Left-wing melancholies
Author(s) Keeney, Gavin
Conference name Cultural Ecology. Symposium (2012 : Geelong, Victoria)
Conference location Geelong, Vic.
Conference dates 23-24 Oct. 2012
Title of proceedings Cultural ecology : new approaches to culture, architecture and ecology
Editor(s) Lozanovska, MirjanaORCID iD for Lozanovska, Mirjana orcid.org/0000-0003-3342-5681
Publication date 2013
Conference series Cultural Ecology Symposium
Start page 106
End page 111
Total pages 6
Publisher School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Summary With the recent passing of the world's "best-known unknown filmmaker," Chris Marker, it is axiomatic that left-wing melancholy now includes the ongoing loss of previously lost causes – a paradox that suggests the true address of all lost causes worth defending is a strange confluence of past and futural states, as one state. This double loss as gain is also the primary mark of the "landscape" of pessimistic optimism that also denotes the foremost position to occupy today in the battles associated with capitalist End Times (Slavoj Žižek's term). Cultural ecology is no longer what it once was – that is to say, a strange amalgam of vernacular essences perpetrated in the rather forlorn 1970s and/or the insistent and incessant production of difference. Instead, cultural ecology invokes spectral civil war – arguably the very state of things today – and the return of "the dead" in the persistence of forms of high-formalist and high-conceptualist works of art and architecture. This paper examines the late works of the late Chris Marker, including the very short videos he uploaded to You Tube under the pseudonym "Kosinki" from 2007 to 2011, an event contiguous with his return to exhibiting very-still photography from 2006 to 2011. Marker's simultaneous returns to still photography and the short film-essay are both magnificent gestures toward the austerities required of present-day media to effect the necessary "return" to what is always present in one form or another anyway – the non-place between world and world-to-come.
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30053597

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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