Memakai Arsip, Mereka Ulang Sejarah

Menggunakan arsip tidak diragukan lagi adalah salah satu tren penting dalam pembuatan filem dokumenter di era kontemporer ini. Nama-nama seperti Mark Rappaport, Thom Andersen, dan Artavadz Peleshian merupakan beberapa seniman yang produktif menghasilkan karya-karya yang baik dengan memanfaatkan arsip. Rekaman dari arsip difungsikan sebagai katalis untuk menuliskan arsip baru—untuk melihat sejarah dengan cara yang baru. Ini adalah sebuah teknik yang memungkinkan sejarah direfleksikan melalui interpretasi pribadi senimannya. Tetapi bagaimanakah caranya agar pertautan kita ke masa lalu mungkin bisa dibentuk dengan materi arsip? Bagaimana mungkin teks-teks baru yang didasarkan pada materi arsip bisa menciptakan suatu hubungan antara masa lalu dan masa kini bagi pembuat filem dan penontonnya?

It Felt Like a Kiss diambil dari judul lagu yang dipopulerkan oleh Carole King pada tahun 1962. Lagu ini diambil sebagai metafora terhadap tragedi runtuhnya menara kembar World Trade Center di kota New York pada tahun 2001. Peristiwa itu jelas merupakan pukulan telak bagi Amerika Serikat. Namun melalui filem ini Adam Curtis membuka wacana baru, di mana peristiwa itu sendiri sebenarnya telah dipupuk oleh kebijakan politik Amerika Serikat, yang ikut “membina” teroris-teroris tersebut sejak puluhan tahun sebelumnya.

Siapa Chris Marker adalah pertanyaan dalam filem ini. Marker diceritakan sebagai penulis, seniman multimedia, yang hidupnya diungkap lewat voice-over orang lain dan ia terkenal akan keengganannya untuk diabadikan dalam foto. Lacuesta menunjukkan beberapa foto-foto sosok Chris Marker yang kabur dan tidak jelas. Apakah Chris Marker benar-benar ada? Isaki Lacuesta  menyuratinya dan mendapat balasan yang unik.  “As for the idea of the composite video, you may guest that I’m never against experiments. If Isaki Lacuesta wishes to pick bits and pieces from my films, let it be, I practice enough piracy myself to enjoy being pirated.

Found Footage Archive: Reconstruction of History

Using archival footage is undoubtedly one of the important trends in documentary filmmaking in contemporary era. Names like Mark Rappaport, Thom Andersen, and Artavadz Peleshian are prolific artists who produced works with utilizing archival footage. Footage from the archive functions as catalyst to write a new archive-to see history in a new way. It is a technique that allows a personal interpretation of history  reflected through its artists. But how can our linkage to the past might be formed with archive material? How is it possible the new texts based on archival material can create a link between the past and the present for the filmmakers and the audience?

It Felt Like a Kiss is taken from the title of a song made ​​famous by Carole King in 1962. This song is used as a metaphor for the 9/11 tragedy, of the collapsed World Trade Center twin towers in New York back in 2001. The event was clearly a blow to the United States. But through this film Adam Curtis opened a new discourse, where the event has actually fostered by the United States policy, took part in ‘creating’ these terrorists since the previous decades.

Who is Chris Marker is the question in this film. Marker is told as a writer, multimedia artist, whose life is revealed through other people’s voice-over, and he is famous for his reluctance to be immortalized in a photograph. Lacuesta showed some pictures of Chris Marker which are vague and unclear. Does Chris Marker really exist? Isaki Lacuesta wrote to him and got a unique reply. “As for the idea of the composite video, you may guest that I’m never against experiments. If Isaki Lacuesta wishes to pick bits and pieces from my films, let it be, I practice enough piracy myself to enjoy being pirated.

<b><i>It Felt Like a Kiss</i></b>
It Felt Like a KissAdam Curtis (UK)

Country of Production:  UK
Language: English
Subtitles: No Subtitle
54 min, Color, 2009

Synopsis

It Felt Like a Kiss diambil dari judul lagu yang dipopulerkan oleh Carole King pada 1962. Lagu ini dipakai sebagai metafora terhadap tragedi runtuhnya menara kembar World Trade Center di kota New York pada 2001. Peristiwa itu jelas merupakan pukulan telak bagi Amerika Serikat. Namun melalui filem ini Adam Curtis membuka wacana baru, di mana peristiwa itu sendiri sebenarnya telah dipupuk oleh kebijakan politik Amerika Serikat yang ikut ‘membina’ teroris-teroris tersebut sejak puluhan tahun sebelumnya.

It Felt Like a Kiss is taken from the title of a song made ​​famous by Carole King in 1962. This song is used as a metaphor for the 9/11 tragedy, of the collapsed World Trade Center twin towers in New York back in 2001. The event was clearly a blow to the United States. But through this filem Adam Curtis opened a new discourse, where the event has actually fostered by the United States policy, took part in ‘creating’ these terrorists since the previous decades.

<b><i>Las Variaciones Marker </i></b><i>(The Marker Variations)</i>
Las Variaciones Marker (The Marker Variations)Isaki Lacuesta (Spain)

Country of Production:  Spain
Language: Spain
Subtitles: English
34 min, Color, 2007

supported by the filmmaker

Synopsis

Siapa Chris Marker adalah pertanyaan dalam filem ini. Marker diceritakan sebagai penulis, seniman multimedia, yang hidupnya diungkap lewat voice-over orang lain dan ia terkenal akan keengganannya untuk diabadikan dalam foto. Lacuesta menunjukkan beberapa foto-foto sosok Chris Marker yang kabur dan tidak jelas. Apakah Chris Marker benar-benar ada? Isaki Lacuesta menyuratinya dan mendapat balasan yang unik. “As for the idea of the composite video, you may guest that I’m never against experiments. If Isaki Lacuesta wishes to pick bits and pieces from my filems, let it be, I practice enough piracy myself to enjoy being pirated.”

Who is Chris Marker is the question in this film. Marker is told as a writer, multimedia artist, whose life is revealed through other people’s voice-over, and he is famous for his reluctance to be immortalized in a photograph. Lacuesta showed some pictures of Chris Marker which are vague and unclear. Does Chris Marker really exist? Isaki Lacuesta wrote to him and got a unique reply. “As for the idea of the composite video, you may guest that I’m never against experiments. If Isaki Lacuesta wishes to pick bits and pieces from my films, let it be, I practice enough piracy myself to enjoy being pirated.”