Remnants of Memory
Jyll Johnstone, Michael Arlen Davis
United States, 2021, 26’
Fine art photographer Charles Johnstone’s images of urban places absent of people are gorgeous examples of the Topographical Photography school, showing exteriors taking on additional meaning in their solitude. In this film, director Michael Arlen Davis (2018’s The Test and The Art of Thinking) profiles Johnstone as he travels to Venice to point his lens at newsstand kiosks. His photos then go to Martino Mardersteig’s esteemed design firm in Verona, where format, font, and presentation are chosen, then to Ruggero Rigoldi’s bookbinding company outside Milan, where high quality, limited-edition books are hand-made via a craft hundreds of years old. A look at artisanship and its importance in the modern era, “Remnants of Memory” is also a valentine to photography, design, craft, and an increasingly rare form of book creation. But as the film shows, the act of observing provides an emotional space just as vibrant as a physical one.
29.09 – 14h30