Détours Ceausescu (1990)
Videotape, colour, sound, 8 min
Reveals the trivialisation of real life events by inserting advertisements into newscasts.
Chris Marker uses footage of the 1989 trial and execution of the leader of communist Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu, and his wife Elena, as the basis of a work that is neither entirely documentary nor completely fictitious.
Marker reconstructs the footage of the proceedings and interrupts the newscast with advertising announcements that he has edited into the footage to reveal how the claim of neutrality often made by commercial television news reportage is mediated and compromised by its role in selling products.
CD-Rom installation, colour, sound
Marker's poetic images and texts merge documentary and fiction, recollection and imagination.
Best known for his post-apocalyptic film La Jetée (1962), and film essay, Sans Soleil (Sunless,1982 ), Marker began to explore the non-linear narrative possibilities of interactive media art in the mid 1990s.
Immemory is a poetic reverie of image, sound, text, and associated mementos and relics drawn from Marker's own travels, recollections, and imagination. Marker constructs a rich archive of fragmentary impressions that is neither documentary nor fiction, but a personal album that records a vast body of individual and collective memory.