This week, a so-called debate took place on the world stage. It has been described as “an old man arguing with a toddler.” Who is in charge of the world? And how do we face its pervasive neoliberalism?
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How I am deciding what to watch is, potentially, the most troubling aspect, though, and gives testament to what cinemas are best at. As a British Australian, I am, in the first instance, watching British and Australian films, which feels like an incredibly colonial and xenophobic selection criteria.
Yesterday, eight artistic directors of hefty European film festivals attended the opening night of the 77th Venice International Film Festival. Press releases tell me they reaffirmed the value of cinema. I wonder who was there to hear them.
I can’t write if I don’t read. This is because I don’t invent, I respond; to art, to others, and even to myself. It’s not because that’s how I understand the role of the critic (although I do) but because it is, quite simply, who and how I am
I have started watching films, exploring artwork and understanding the world in the same way that I do my grocery shopping. One tab is a virtual book splurge, where I literally and endlessly add knowledge I ought to have into an, albeit virtual, shopping basket. It’s funny that the supposed end point to this activity is to ‘check out’.
I don’t watch much, anymore; binge-watching makes me ache and devouring cinema like popcorn is too loud and too crunchy for my current disposition. But what I watch, I swim in, letting it sink into my bones, so that it can flow with the water that is already so much of me.
What does it cost to think about the world? What are the prices we pay – beyond the capitalist construction of money – for the way we act, and for the ways in which we fail to act, maybe only observe?
In Sachs’ work all I find – and all I want to find – is respectful practice. There is more than just an artist at work, here, there is a generous exploration at play.
Right now, we are all acting out the role of projectionist, operating whatever cinema-like (or not) viewing conditions we can in our various states of lockdown, all around the world.