Joseph Cornell

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Q&A

Q&A: CRAIG BALDWIN

By Mónica Delgado

Craig Baldwin has a special place in found footage and appropriation cinema. Playing an aesthetic bet in the age of copyright, the filmmaker strips this notion naked and transforms it into an object ready to be subverted. This American filmmaker is also an inevitable referent in curations that are involved in archives recovery, like in the spreading of the collage of different calibers. In films like Sonic Outlaws, about cultural piracy, Baldwin shows a number of examples in which the author rights and cultural property regulations haven’t been hand to hand with the current technological revolution. Baldwin uses archival material in a high speed editing, under a provocative style about intellectual property rights as effect of an extreme consumerism. Baldwin talked with Desistfilm about his new projects and the motivations of his experimentation.

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Main Articles

OUT OF YOUR RUINS YOU HAVE MADE CREATIONS: THE FILMS OF JOSEPH CORNELL

By Sarah Nichols

In his poem for Joseph Cornell, “Objects and Apparitions,” Octavio Paz writes “Minimal, incoherent fragments:/the opposite of History, creator of ruins,/out of your ruins you have made creations” (1). For me, Cornell is a visual poet; an obsessive hunter-gatherer of images. His shadow boxes, filled as they are with “marbles, metal rings, and other frugally poetic objects” (2), create their own lives, as the best poems do.

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