Friday, May 20, 2011

Адам Кертис

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Talking to Adam Curtis is like clicking on an internet search engine. The award-winning documentary maker has a magpie mind, collecting a
wealth of stories that lead him – and you – off on fascinating tangents before arriving back at their home page. And his films are just like his
conversation. With a happy knack for lacing deep subjects with irreverent humour, he’s back on the case with All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace.

A trilogy, it explores the notion that, by buying into the idea that everything in the world from nature’s ecosystem to the internet is part of a
machine ideology, we’ve lost any sense that we can change the world – and ourselves – for the better.

That could make for deeply depressing viewing. But in Curtis’s hands you emerge the other side of three hours of head-rush television slightly giddy, optimism braced with fatalism, spirits refreshed to question anything and everything.

‘We live in a dynamic and unpredictable world and we need to embrace the chaos,’ he says. ‘But with machines trying to keep everything stable, the world becomes static.’

Roaming restlessly across a galaxy of concepts and subjects – from objectivism and cybernetics, to commune dwellers in geodesic domes and genocide in Rwanda – All Watched Over… offers a visionary voyage into humanity’s lust for power and self-preservation that plugs into the feeling of randomly surfing the net, only with Curtis as our guiding hand.

‘At points I was deliberately pushing to both reflect and bring out the fragmented sensibility that the machines have brought with them into the way we see the world,’ says Curtis.

‘I think there is a new sensibility of our time. It is jumpy and fragmented. It is the “realism” of our time in that it is the way more and more people are used to experiencing the world. But it has a limitation, which is that it is very difficult to put those fragments together to make a wider story.’

That All Watched Over… both reflects the zeitgeist in its style and pulls its myriad strands into a cohesive whole is down to Curtis’s skills as a film-maker.

A triple Bafta winner, most recently for 2004’s The Power Of Nightmares – which courted controversy by drawing a parallel between the rise of Islamism in the Arab world and neoconservatism in the US – he gathers together apparently disparate story strands, images and music to create a mind collage. Bold and baffling, it makes demands.

‘People are much more open to being experimental than they are given credit for,’ he enthuses. ‘I keep ranting on to the BBC about that.’

He’s worked with acclaimed theatre experimentalists Punchdrunk (on 2009’s It Felt Like A Kiss at the Manchester International Festival) and found them kindred spirits.

‘You find it in the way people use and experience the internet,’ he says, ‘and you also find it in the way people really like Punchdrunk shows – going wherever they want and experiencing it as dislocated bits and moments.’

Dislocation is certainly a key word for All Watched Over…, which takes its title from a Richard Brautigan poem, written in 1967, which in turn set Curtis on one of the investigative paths ...читать дальше


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