Les cartes dans la peinture de Vermeer / Maps in Vermeer’s paintings

Sur les 37 œuvres connues de Vermeer, plusieurs comportent des cartes accrochées au mur des intérieurs représentés. S’agit-il de simples objets de décor ou de symboles à la signification plus ou moins évidente ? /\ Of the 37 works known to Vermeer, several are containing maps, hanging on the wall of the interiors depicted. Are they simple elements of decoration or symbols with a more or less obvious meaning ?

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Tout en haut du monde (Rémi Chayé)

Tout en haut du monde est un film d’animation réalisé par Rémi Chayé qui relate l’aventure d’une jeune fille russe partie à la recherche de son grand-père disparu pendant une expédition vers le pôle Nord à la fin du XIXe siècle.Les cartes y jouent un rôle central. /\ Tout en haut du monde is an animated film directed by Rémi Chayé, that tells the adventure of a Russian girl in search of her grandfather that disappeared during an expedition towards the North Pole at the end of the 19th century. Maps play a central role in the film.

Mona Hatoum’s map works / Les oeuvres cartographiques de Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum’s exhibition, held at the Centre Pompidou until the 28th of September, gathers over 100 works of this internationally renowned artist, in media as varied as performance, video, installation and sculpture. A dozen of these works give a particular overview of Mona Hatoum’s fascination for maps, which she represents as figurative images of real…

Napoléon : la polyvision d’Abel Gance/ Abel Gance’s Polyvision

In 1925, Abel Gance was the first director to use three cameras for shooting his movie Napoleon. By the juxtaposition of the  three images he obtained a very large screen, three times the traditional format. This process, called « Polyvision », allows to increase not only the area shown by the images, but also to multiply the…

Siodmak, The Killers : where are we? / Les Tueurs : où sommes nous?

The Killers (Siodmak,1946) is truly a classic of film noir. The opening scene is famous. Two men are sitting in front of a car driving at high-speed through the night. Then the camera scans the road and a sign shows up in the headlights: Brentwood, New Jersey. And below, in an ironic mode considering what…

L’Île aux fleurs / Ilha das Flores – Furtado

Isle of Flowers is a 1989 Brazilian short film by Jorge Furtado about globalization.You can watch it (12 min) on line. Here are the part one and the part two in English). The film starts with a spinning globe and the next shot focuses on a field of tomatoes. A voice  locates the action very…