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i am an eXperiment. a Syncopated word & image coLLage imported from Our minD sEnse-thoUght collective stream. a trial 2 eXpress the aRhythmia & the off beat that lies in-betwEEn the bond made of: imAge narrative & senSation. an aEsthetic act and aim of WondeR in the search for a CRaCK. as for if anything eXists at all it exisTs i n - b e T w e e n.
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    The state of the cinema IS a state of Dream

    The state of the cinema IS a state of dream. Film is the art form through which time becomes material. Now more than ever, perhaps, we need its possibilities and the sincerity of its witness.

    in the days before anyone ever dreamed of a cultural cinema as being something that might make them any money - was a belief in the cinema screen as the Church for the Aliens. The safe space where we could all hang out. The Grace Cathedral of Cultural Acceptance and the possibility of an audience with eyes and ears. And time. And attention.

    We live in the inverted commas reality age: ever awake, too tired and chewed to dream, square-eyed and addicted to the reality of TV. From getting to know real people, to getting to cook real food, to getting to dress real bodies, all playing at life.

    Can I be alone in my longing for inarticulacy, for a cinema that refuses to join all the dots? For an arrhythmia in gesture, for a dissonance in shape? For the context of cinematic frame, a frame that in the end only cinema can provide, for the full view, the long shot, the space between, the gaps, the pause, the lull, the grace of living.

    Perhaps it is to do with memory and the sense that we are increasingly being pulled into a vast orchestrated project of amnesia. We discovered cinema in the same moment in history when we rediscovered - through Freud - the significance of our dreams. Now we are displacing and distorting - with our passion for genetics, neuroscience, cognitivism - the ineffable element of the dream within the machine. Our dreams are the place where we can remember that which we never realized we knew. And the prism through which we can reflect these visions - the trick of the light, that alchemy of smoke, of mirrors, so much more than the sum of its parts - is what the cinema is.

    The state of cinema IS a dream state. No known address. Occupied, dictated, created by no one. When it comes to moving goal posts, what art form could be described as more flexible than film? As ever, it’s all up for grabs. And evolution, as ever, is the name of the game.

    text : Tilda Swinton, The 49th State of Cinema address, SFIFF, 2006.
    image : Orson Welles, Citizen Kane, 1941.
    video : Some Like it Hot, director Billy Wilder, 1959.

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