Monday, June 11, 2018

Jean-Luc Godard: 'Adieu au Language' / 'Goodbye to Language' (2014)

Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au Language / Goodbye to Language (2014) comes in 3D and 2D versions, take your pick. 

Marshall McLuhan probably would have liked this, a playful and colorful response to the world and its changing modes of communication. Godard, like McLuhan, is quite aware of the "electronic envelope" surrounding us; that "the medium is the message;" that we live in a "global village" and are actively participating in a "global theatre." Godard wants us to remain aware of our surroundings, and of our modes and methods of communicating. If all else fails, his dog Roxie will lead the way.
Goodbye to Language is not Dada. It's not a cut-up experiment such as might have been done by Brion Gysin, William Seward Burroughs, David Bowie or Mick Jagger. It has some similarities to a David Lynch film, so a touch of Surrealism, and to Woody Allen's philosophically toying with the lenses and filters of reality (such as in Deconstructing Harry, 1997, or Melinda and Melinda, 2004). 
"The present is a strange beast." People reading from a three-dimensional book. 
"This morning is a dream."
What is most important?  "Infinity and Zero." "Sex and Death."
"A line of zeros along the sea."
Writing in a journal with a pen. Do you write letters and send them off via postal service, or is that way not your way? 
"Do something."

Today's Rune: Breakthrough. 


t said...

...not my way. dunno if/how the postal service works.

Charles Gramlich said...

I like that electronic envelope concept

Erik Donald France said...

Thanks, y'all, for the comments ~ !

I do send post-mail, as well as communicating via El correo electrónico / Un courrier électronique / „elektronische Post“ . . .