ArtFIFA Montreal – Day 2

March 19, 2011

I will try to keep this brief because I’m not following the lesson I supposedly learned yesterday, which was to get sleep.  There is just so much to do!

We watched 4 films today.

PARIS, THE LUMINOUS YEARS: TOWARD THE MAKING OF THE MODERN

This film is a phenomenal historical documentary, and yet more than just a history piece.  It examines the city of Paris in the early 20th century and how it became such a massively charged electromagnet for the artistic pioneers of that time.

BAUHAUS – MODEL & MYTH

As a parallel to the French center of artistic progression, we were then treated to the overlapping German experience of the Bauhaus movement.  The film itself was well put together and gave a grand history.  The interviews were lost on us, though, since the subtitles were impossible to read past the people’s heads in front of us.  This was perhaps more frustrating that sitting through a foreign language film without any subtitles at all (see Day 1).

POET ON THE STONE: IZUMI MASATOSHI

An increasingly intriguing 58-minute piece about a Japanese man who is easily the highest elevated stonecutter and definitely something beyond a sculptor.  The film’s title says volumes about this quiet man who listens to boulders that tell him how they should be cut.

THE YEAR OF ANISH KAPOOR

You may not know the name Anish Kapoor right away, but you are most likely aware of his work.  If you’ve seen the giant mirrored Cloud Gateway (AKA “the Magic Bean”) in Chicago, then you now have a name to place with the piece.  We were both blown away that we hadn’t heard his name before, let alone seen more of his work.  This doc followed Mr. Kapoor’s work as he prepared to fill the entire Royal Academy in London with his work– an honor never before bestowed on any living artist.  Even though it was a slickly-produced BBC program, we would both watch this again and recommend it if you can find it.

Bonus pic:  At the Bauhaus screening, went to get a drink from the water fountain and noticed an early indication of festival festivities…

OK, now that it’s entirely too late, I will attempt the sleep lesson again… until tomorrow.

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