SPECIAL ON RAPHAEL MONTAÑEZ ORTIZ: An Archaeology of the Artist as Filmmaker, by Chon A. Noriega
In the early 1960s, Raphael Montañez Ortiz was among the first to name a new approach to the art then emerging out of a number of movements in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, movements that rejected both abstraction and traditional forms in favor of the realism of appropriating images and objects from consumer, media, and industrial culture. This approach blurred the boundaries between object and image, as well as between public and private, while it privileged the recycling, transformation, and even destruction of the material sources. Ortiz identified this emerging work in two ways: first, by pointing to a decisive and worldwide turn toward destruction in artistic practice in his ‘Destructivism: A Manifesto’ (1962); and second, in naming his own mixed media works as Archaeological Finds (1961-64). In a 1965 essay largely focused on artists associated with nouveau réalisme as well as Tetsumi Kudo (Japan, 1935-1990), French critic Alain Jouffroy called attention to the “imaginary archaeology” by which art “illuminated” objects in their original context and in the new context of “another space and time,” a formulation highly suggestive of Foucault’s later concept of heterotopia. For Jouffroy, the “archaeology of the present, alas, makes of every object its own cemetery.” At stake here were two contending views of the non-traditional art object. For Ortiz, destruction released the spirits of colonialism and capitalism from man-made objects; while for Jouffroy, the resulting art object became the cemetery of, rather than occasion for “active thinking”. If Jouffroy rightly pointed to the limits of archaeology, tout court, Ortiz saw how archaeology could become a deconstructive activity rather than one premised on a metaphorical reconstitution of a missing whole.
- Raphael Montañez Ortiz: Resonances from the Concrète, by Jesse Lerner
- An Interview with Raphael Montañez Ortiz, by César Ustarroz
ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS
Remembrance of Films Past: Joseph Cornell’s Rose Hobart (A Work of Found Scholarship), by Justin Remes
An Interview with Guli Silberstein, by José Sarmiento-Hinojosa
The Uncanny Collages of Stacey Steers, by Marie-Pierre Burquier
An interview with Hugues Sanchez, by Francesca Veneziano
Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise (Conceal): As the Image is Concealed, its Intentions are Revealed, by Joanna Byrne
Sokurov: Whispers from the Archive, by César Ustarroz
Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Edited by Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza, 2017), by César Ustarroz
Toward Fewer Images: The Work of Alexander Kluge (Philipp Ekardt, 2018), by Matthew Cole Levine
DÉMONTAGE, Films to Break Projectors, by Tim Grabham aka IloobiaARTWORKS byKeitaro Oshima, Anne-Marie Bouchard, Leandro Listorti, Giuseppe Spina, Lee Hangjun, Alex Faoro, Francisca Duran.