Let me guess. You’re the hot sauce ? Map, Power and Desire in Weeds

We have gems in our « Cabinet of curiosities » that deserve some comments. This cartographic scene from the season 4 of the politically incorrect series Weeds is one of them. This is a prelude to the love affair between the valiant mum, Nancy Botwin, trafficking cannabis to support her family and the powerful and dangerous Mexican…

Gravity, film géospatial/Geospatial Movie

There is no representational spatial machinery in Gravity, the very impressive film by Alfonso Cuarón. No map, no device for locating characters, no screen for designatind targets. There is no computing tool in this sophisticated but somewhat abandoned technological world where manuals are in binders and where you crank up the retrorockets. In Gravity, you…

Exposition Vues d’en haut / Exhibition Views from above. Centre Pompidou, Metz

Here is an exhibition of Centre Pompidou in Metz which seems specially designed for (e)space&fiction. Views from above considers how an elevated perspective, from aerial photographs or satellite images, has transformed artists’ perception of the world since the mid-nineteenth century. A gold mine of images and ideas we have to visit later in details. L’exposition…

L’abstraction géographique de Mondrian / Mondrian’s geographic abstraction

Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), pioneer of abstract painting, is not in theory an artist inclined to evoke real places in his works. Since 1913 and the discovery of cubism in Paris, Mondrian has made it a goal to find out a visual language for reporting the abstract reality behind the natural one and looking for the…

Cartographier livres et oeuvres culturelles / mapping novels and cultural works

We present here two recent French projects of cultural mapping. The first is developed  by the association of libraries of the Ville de Paris. The second named Géoculture, a very ambitious cultural Web and mobile  service with a mapping tool that aim to give access to the cultural works of a region. . Les initiatives…

Edward Hopper / Gail Albert Halaban. Gloucester revisited

The big Grand Palais Hopper’s exhibition in Paris is closing tonight. It is an opportunity to publish a post somewhere between news, spatial machinery and materialization of fiction. The New-York Time magazine  published in July 2012 – and le Monde in September 2012- wrote about the work of the photographer Gail Albert Halaban. In this…

Maps of Hitler / Les cartes d’Hitler. Der Untergang/Downfall/La Chute

Der Untergang (Downfall) is a 2004 German film directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel that focuses on the last days of the Third Reich and the fall of Berlin. The movie is set in and around Hitler’s Bunker in late April 1945. It is a realistic reconstruction, based on eyewitness accounts, survivor memoirs and verified sources. Bruno…

Les lieux clichés du cinéma

[Ajouté le 20/01/2013 : en empruntant sans le créditer la quasi-totalité du contenu de ce site original (pratique condamnable, voir le premier commentaire à ce billet) ], Contre-champ, le magazine documentaire vidéo du Monde.fr sur Dailymotion consacré au cinéma, note que les cinéastes tournent toujours aux même endroits ce qui fait que des lieux réels…

(e)space&fiction sur Vodcaster

For some time, (e)space & fiction has opened an account on Vodcaster, « le site du cinéma à partager », a French site for collecting, sharing and commenting movie excerpts already available on YouTube and Daylymotion. We have begun to keep a play-list entitled Cinemaps, les dispositifs géographiques au cinéma (Cinemaps, geographical apparatus in movies), which gives…

Skyfall. James Bond. Power and Map / Carte et puissance

Sébastien Caquard already pointed out here that James Bond used a geographic tracking device as early as in 1964 (Goldfinger). At that time, the idea of GPS technology was just emerging. At (e)space & fiction, we couldn’t keep ourselves from reacting to the debauchery of geospatial tools used in Skyfall, the latest James Bond movie, directed…

Poupoupidou. Marylin Monroe is (not) well and (no more) living in Mouthe, France

Nobody Else But You (Poupoupidou) is an amazing film directed by Gerald Hustache-Mathieu that tells in a very original and subtle manner the tragic fate of Candice Lecoeur, a small-town woman and aspiring model who thought she was the reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe. Deeply rooted in Mouthe region in the Jura, famous for holding the…

Paris vu par Hollywood, Exhibition/Exposition

About 800 American films evoke Paris, making the French capital by far the most represented foreign city in American cinema. One could almost speak of « Film about Paris » as a specific genre (Antoine de Baecque). The exhibition Paris vu par Hollywood presents this cinematographic American outlook on Paris, between tourist clichés, cultural stereotypes and the invention…

« Carte certifiée conforme à notre imagination ». La géographie parallèle de Marc Jurt et Michel Butor

In 1994 and 1995, the artist and engraver Marc Jurt and the writer Michel Butor initiated an artistic collaboration inspired by maps; all kind of maps : city maps or aerial photographs, world maps or topographic maps, aeronautical maps or meteorological maps. Marc Jurt started with geographical documents and  juxtaposed or superimposed  engravings or paintings…

Quiz 2 Answer / Réponse

The mysterious tool of the Quiz # 2 is a wire that John (Kieffer Sutherland)  made for his sun to visually measure the progressive enlargement of the planet Melancholia that is approaching Earth. It is an archaic version of the telescope also used in the movie and it symbolize in some way the regression to…

Quiz 1 : Answer / Réponse

The correct answer to Quiz # 1 is Poupoupidou, a 2011 movie by French director Gerald Hustache-Mathieu. The film tells the story of David Rousseau, a writer, who investigates the tragic and mysterious death of Candice Lecoeur, a young starlet of Mouthe in Jura (France), which sees herself as a reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe.  On…

Rear Windows / Fenêtre sur cour. Panorama

The artist Jeff Desom (interview) created an extraordinary new montage of Rear Windows, the movie from Hitchock, in an unique animated panorama. An amazing experience. L’artiste Jeff Desom (interview ici) propose un objet très inattendu : la mise à plat en un seul tableau panoramique animé de tous les plans du film de Hitchcock, Fenêtre…

The Quiz. A New Kind of Post / Un nouveau type de billet

As already mentioned here we contribute to organize at the Rencontres SIG La Lettre a Géocafé named Cinemaps and a game Géomémory. On this occasion, we are inaugurating a new kind of post: the Quiz. Periodically, we will propose a question about the topics of (e)space & fiction. It can concern old or forthcoming stuff.…

(e)space & fiction aux Rencontres SIG La Lettre

Pour la 4ème année, les géomaticien-nes, spécialistes des SIG, néogéographes, fous de cartes et assimilés venant de France, de Navarre et d’ailleurs convergent début avril à Marne-la-Vallée près de Paris pour les Rencontres SIG la Lettre. Cette année, (e)space & fiction participe doublement à l’événement. Nous organisons le mercredi 4 avril de 18h à 20h…

Duel (Spielberg) : cartographier la route du récit / mapping the road of the narrative

Duel, le premier film de Spielberg, qui raconte la poursuite d’une voiture par un camion fou est entièrement tourné au niveau du sol. Aucune vue aérienne, très peu de recul. La caméra est à hauteur des pare-chocs et de l’habitacle des véhicules, plus rarement sur un bas-côté à peine surélevé. Ce filmage  tangentiel  participe du…