On Memory or How Can I Doublethink?

August 2 - 5, 2017

Pera Film’s season ends with the program On Memory or How Can I Doublethink? Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Doublethink: Double vision, the selected visual journeys explore the notion of memory and how memory interplays between image and text. The juxtaposed images and texts capture the power or process of reproducing or recollection. The Story of Milk and Honey by artist/filmmaker Basma Alsharif, who was born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, and raised between France and the US, this short experimental film through a delicate weaving of fact and fiction, a tale of defeat transforms into a multi-layered journey exploring how we collect information, perceive facts and recreate history to serve our own desires. Filmmaker Louis Henderson’s works investigate the connections between colonialism, technology, capitalism, and history; The Sea is History is a free adaptation of the poem by Derek Walcott. Ken Kobland’s Shanghaied Text reflects on our 20th century notion of civilization and progress. Kobland has made several films and videos since 1975 as well as installations for the New York theatre company The Wooster Group. Chris Marker’s masterwork Sans Soleil is constructed through an unknown woman reading and commenting upon the letters she receives from a friend – a freelance cameraman who travels around the world and is particularly attached to those “two extreme poles of survival”, Japan and Africa (represented here by two of its poorest and most forgotten countries, even though they played a historical role: Guinea Bissau and the Cape-Verde Islands). Ozan Adam’s For the Blinds is the first internationally awarded, feature length Turkish science fiction film, that is not a comedy, a cult, an animation or a re-make. This film explores questions about issues such as ‘manufactured memory’, ‘memory creation’ and ‘parallel universes’. On Memory Or How Can I Doublethink? dives into the vigorous relationship between image, text, and memory.

This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.

August 2

19:00 Sans Soleil

August 4

18:00 Sans Soleil

20:00 For the Blinds

August 5

15:00 The Story of Milk and Honey

The Sea is History

Shanghaied Text

The Story of Milk and Honey

The Story of Milk and Honey

The Sea is History

The Sea is History

Shanghaied Text

Shanghaied Text

Sans Soleil

Sans Soleil

For the Blinds

For the Blinds

Doublethink
Double vision

Thinking has changed radically, but many people don't appear to have noticed. Our institutions have been stuck on linear Neo-Platonic tracks for 24 centuries. These antiquated processes of deduction have lost their authority. Just like art it has fallen off its pedestal. Legal, educational and constitutional systems rigidly subscribe to these; they are 100% text based.

Doublethink <br>Double vision

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn was born in 1901 to a Jewish family in Pärnu, Russia (today Estonia), far from Philadelphia where he spent his whole life, worked, fell in love, and breathed his last. Kahn family emigrated to America when he was five years old. 

Giacometti’s Final Works

Giacometti’s Final Works

Giacometti was selected for three important retrospectives at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery in London and the Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, all of which were a great success. 

Modernity Building the Modern / Reshaping the Modern

Modernity Building the Modern / Reshaping the Modern

A firm believer in the idea that a collection needs to be upheld at least by four generations and comparing this continuity to a relay race, Nahit Kabakcı began creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection from the 1980s onwards. Today, the collection can be considered one of the most important and outstanding examples among the rare, consciously created, and long-lasting ones of its kind in Turkey.