As Vera comment on in an earlier post, Vik Muniz arrange a man in the film "Wast Land" to take the same pose as Marat has in David's very famous painting "The Death of Marat" (1793)
Film synopsis: Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
Tungenes Fyr (lighthouse) is located on the northern edge of Jæren (my house at Ogna is situated at the southern edge of the same stretch).The lighthouse was established in 1828 and closed in 1984. The lightouse's master house is from 1938, his assistant's house from 1957-58. There is an annex, machinery shed and boathouse. Tungenes Lighthouse is protected and restored to its 1930s appearance.
Why do we acknowledge only our textual sources but not the ground we walk, the ever-changing skies, mountains, rivers, rocks and trees, the house we inhabit and the tools we use, not to mention the innumerable companions, both non-human animals and fellow humans, with which and with whom we share our lives? They are constantly inspiring us, challenging us, telling us things. If our aim is to read the world, as I believe it ought to be, then the purpose of written texts should be to enrich our reading so that we might be better advised by, and responsive to, what the world is telling us.
I am about to start reading Solnit's book Wanterlust, I'm definitively going to write more about it, but not yet - I'll just cite a sentence from the beginning, to give you an idea what the book is all about, here is s quotation from Rousseau:
I can only meditate when I am walking. When I stop, I cease to think; my mind only works with my legs.
I have also started to read How to Live, A Life of Montaigneby Sarah Bakewell, which is a book exceptionally well written, I recommend it strongly! Here is a short text by Bakewell on Montaigne and blogging: