Links for the weekend

24th November 2013

Two weeks ago I composed a compendious round-up of links about Gravity which included Neil Young’s essay Satellite of love – Jonás Cuarón’s Aningaaq. In this Young writes about the short by Cuarón fils that shows the other side of the radio conversation that astronaut Ryan Stone (played by Sandra Bullock) has with a man who turns out to be the eponymous Inuit fisherman (above):

Aningaaq the short fills in the gaps of the strangers’ extended conversation – a precarious affair relying on the most tenuous of technological links – chiefly for the viewer’s benefit. In Gravity, the character Aningaaq is simply a voice crackling over the ether, with a background of howling wind, husky-dogs and occasional baby-cries; but in the film that bears his name we get to see his face, his clothes, his environment, his family (wife and child), his dogs. And we see nothing of Stone.

Thrillingly, Aningaaq has now been made available online, and I embed it here. Across the jump, there are lots more links about television, film, performance and digital media, with thanks for tips to @pabinkley, @polyg and @DavidjHendy.

Trust fumes – staying with Homeland: at Dear Television Phil Maciak makes the case for sticking with Homeland…

In praise of quitting:… while Anne Helen Petersen writes the case for letting go; both pieces are immensely entertaining and full of insight.

The incredible story of Marion Stokes, who single-handedly taped 35 years of TV news: a really remarkable story by Sarah Kessler for Fast Company about a former librarian who from 1977 on created an extraordinary library of network and cable news.

Otis Ferguson and the way of the camera: a terrific piece by David Bordwell about the remarkable film critic of the 1930s and ’40s.

Ealing on air, part 2: a follow-up to an earlier Network post by Sheldon Hall about Ealing Studios’ feature films being shown on British television in the 1960s.

November 22, 1963: I know, I know, we’ve all seen an awful lot this week about the Kennedy assassination, but this Errol Morris short made for The New York Times is definitely worth watching:

• What was Greek to them?: Mary Beard for The New York Review of Books on the battle to crack Linear B.

The true history of Richard II: a glorious post from the medieval manuscripts blog at The British Library with images from the medieval manuscript Harley MS 1319 with images of the reign of Richard II, including this of Richard II and Henry Bolingbroke at Flint Castle (London, British Library, MS Harley 1319, f. 50r).

Richard II and Henry Bolingbroke at Flint Castle (London, British Library, MS Harley 1319, f. 50r)

The loneliness of old Paris: a Cine-Tourist post of twenty postcards of solitary Parisians – that’s it, but it’s wonderful.

At Tate Britain: a short London Review of Books piece by Gillian Darley welcomes the changes at Tate Britain…

Kenneth Clark – Looking for Civilisation, Tate Britain: … and John-Paul Stonard trails a forthcoming exhibition (with a namecheck to me, for which thanks) featuring the collecting activities of Lord Clark and appeals for information about a ‘lost’ dinner service decorated by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell.

Kenneth Clark and the death of painting: in the new (excellent) issue of Tate Papers, Martin Hammer reviews Kenneth Clark’s public spat with Herbert Read about modern art, which erupted in successive issues of the Listener in 1935.

Representation and reputation – Barbara Hepworth’s relationships with her American and British dealers: also for Tate Papers, Emma Roberts explores the artist’s frustrations with the way her work circulated in the post-war world.

The wide open future of the art museum: an excellent TED Q&A with Walters Art Museum William Noel about access, data and copyright.

Copyright in a digital era – the rise of CCC: Robert Harington in the scholarly kitchen on Copyright Clearance Center.

The battle of Britten: Leo Carey also for NYRB on recent volumes about the composer.

The digital soul: a fascinating philosophical essay by Patrick Stokes for Aeon about death and our online selves.

Like a rolling stone: yes, everyone has already seen this amazing interactive video for Bob Dylan’s track, but if not click the link – go on, click, it’s the most fun you’ve had today; there’s some brief background here from Jesse David Fox at Vulture.

• Bruce Springsteen, Secret Garden (Leeds, 7/24/13): just because…

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