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.
Józef Brandt harboured a fascination for the history of 17th century Poland, and his favourite themes included ballistic scenes and genre scenes before and after the battle proper –all and sundry marches, returns, supply trains, billets and encampments, patrols, and similar motifs illustrating the drudgery of warfare outside of its culminating moments.
Three people sleeping side by side. On the uncomfortable seats of the stuffy airplane in the air. Three friends. I’m the friend in the window seat. The other two are a couple, Emre and Melisa. I’m alone, they are together. And another difference. I’ve only closed my eyes. They are asleep.
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