Laura Poitras nous présente deux monuments de l’expérimental, «Blowjob» et «Crossroads»

Il y a quelques jours, nous annoncions les deux films choisis par la cinéaste Laura Poitras dans le cadre du programme 15 ans, 15 coups de coeur, Crossroads de Bruce Conner et Blowjob d’Andy Warhol. Entre temps, elle a pu nous envoyer ses notes sur ces deux oeuvres marquantes, les voici!

Blow Job by Andy Warhol

I love reaction shots. They allow cinema to reveal by withholding and also expose the limits of representation.  Reaction shots are a way to express emotions and experiences that resist representation, or where the act of representation diminishes or demystifies an experience or event.  Andy Warhol’s Blow Job is the ultimate reaction shot.

Crossroads by Bruce Conner

I also love primary documents.  Non-fiction storytelling is about the dialectical relationship between the empirical world and how artists interpret that world.  Theodor Adorno referred to this dialectical relationship as “Exact Fantasy.” In Crossroads, Bruce Conner takes footage of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States military at Bikini Atoll in 1946. Originally filmed for research purposes (the military wanted to study the impact of nuclear explosions on battleships), Conner re-contextualizes the slow motion footage of atomic blasts as a mediation on war.  Like Blow Job, Crossroads is an exploration on what can  – and what can’t – be seen.

Laura Poitras