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Jonathan's Art Dilemma No. 17: What are exhibitions for?

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Weekend in Manchester

Weekend (detail) (2010) Stefan Zeyen
On the outside of the Cornerhouse cinema there has been pasted probably fifty connecting prints that make a two dimensional version of the memorable scene from Jean-Luc Godard’s film Le Weekend. Walking sideways down Whitworth Street, on the pavement, close to the wall actually produces a real time version of the tracking shot. JLG took ten minutes to cover the distance. It was hard work going that slow in the mini version. I bumped into a couple waiting at a bus stop. It did make me realise how few cars and actors there are in the filmed ‘traffic jam’ and how choreographed the action needed to be. Nearer to Jacques Tati than New Wave.

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