Friday, June 18, 1999, City of London, 1999 Super 8 transferred to DVD, b/w, sound
, 8 min 12 s
Courtesy of Argos, Brussels
The liberating potential of dance to ‘take the streets’, which the situationists defended at some point in May 68 in a foretaste of the festive activism of movements like 15 M, are poetically reflected in Charley Case’s Friday, June 18, 1999, City of London, a black and white film shot in super 8 that documents –to the rhythm of a tango- a street party organised by the Reclaim the Streets collective, well-known for activities of this sort, which return to the subversive potential of carnival and techno raves in the practice of occupying and repoliticising public space.
Over the years of 1864 through 1876, Stanisław Chlebowski served Sultan Abdülaziz in Istanbul as his court painter. As it was, Abdülaziz disposed of considerable artistic talents of his own, and he actively involved himself in Chlebowski’s creative process, suggesting ideas for compositions –such as ballistic pieces praising the victories of Turkish arms.
I walk over rocks hot as iron under the September sun. I can make out a few lines in the distance, and a few cracked rocks, but apart from those, not a single tree, not one plant. I have walked until I reached this hill, in the trail of the letter that hurled me once again to my home town...
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