Below is an excerpt of a conversation I had with my friends, Maja Trudel (M), and Johann Reble (J), when they were guests in my home last spring. Maja and Johann are young Swiss architects, and it was pleasure to talk with them about building, cities, space and perception. Here’s the part about grids: J:… Read More architecture chat: grids
Bamako (2006) dir. Abderrahmane Sissako The storytelling that thrives for a long time in the milieu of work—the rural, the maritime, and the urban—is itself an artisan form of communication, as it were. It does not aim to convey the pure essence of the thing, like information or a report. It sinks the thing into… Read More just stories
Beirut Outtakes (2007), by Peggy Ahwesh This beautiful film is cut from pieces of film found in an abandoned movie theater in Beirut. The film clips appear to show segments of newsreels, advertisements and trailers for films that one might have seen a Beirut theater in the 1950s, 60’s and 70’s. What is eerie about… Read More beirut, before
We begin inside a small Baptist church at dusk, on the outskirts of a Lagos neighborhood in the mid 1980’s. We are here for a rare event, the screening of a film depicting the second coming of Christ. This Baptist church is not my church. In my house, going to church is a special event—the… Read More meeting place
Happy Together (1997), dir. Wong Kar Wai _______________________ I saw this movie about 13 years ago, and it changed the way I see. It still does.