The World Première took place in Kraków, Poland. Why there? This was obvious. The invitation to show the film for the first time in a festival devoted to Film & Philosophy didn’t need any further consideration. This was the ideal context to show the film. The turn-out was amazing: the entire auditorium at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAK) was full, at least 200 people came.
Before the screening the festival director, Marzena Dudziuk introduced the film, and the three of us: lead actors Thomas Germaine and Marja Skaffari and myself. After this the organizer, Roma Sendyka raised a few questions, many querying the mix of documentary (history) and fiction. This gave me the opportunity to explain a bit in general terms how I see this mix. I told the large crowd that the issue was neither history nor fiction, but the audio-visualization of the process of thought itself.
For this, in some cases I needed to supplement, or to make more concrete, the information I had gleaned from the historical documentation and Descartes’ texts, as well as letters written to him. Also, some visualizing metaphors had to come in, such as walking as an embodiment of thinking. This is in fact supported by the philosopher’s reputation as a compulsive walker. Not a flaneur à la Benjamin, but more a stiff, athletic walker who didn’t need a watch that counts your steps.
Other special screenings:
Gerrit Rietveld Art Academy, Amsterdam, 16 January 2019
Workshop on artistic research with Walid Raad. Antwerp, 12 October 2018
Zürich University, workshop Kunste und Kultur Theorie, 7 November 2017
Conrad Festival “Unrest”, Kraków, Poland, with the launch of the book Tradycja Katezjanska po zwrocie afektywnym, (The Cartesian Tradition After the Return of Affect), produced by the Research Center for Memory Cultures, Polish Studies Department, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, 29 October 2017
Académie de France à Rome, Villa Medici, 26 September 2017
At conference “Narratology and Its Discontents: Narrating Beyond Narration”, Zagreb, Croatia, 5 April 2017
Alumni French Studies, Eglise Wallonne, Amsterdam, 31 March 2017
Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway, 23 February 2017
EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 18 January 2017
Brown University, Pembroke Center, 1 December 2016
Sackler Building, Lecture Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 17 November 2016
Stattkino, Luzern, Switzerland, 3 November 2016
Cinema Images, Williamstown, MA, USA, 12 September 2016
Cinema De Uitkijk, Amsterdam, 3 Juli, 2016
(A=0) The Archive of epistemic collapse, by Rachel Rose O’Leary, Petros Panagiotis Orfanos, Milano, 13th April, 2016