Opening the 2015 Christmas season with this majestic Japanese black pine bonsai (picked up dead at the nursery) revived with 300 plush pompons to become The Official Petite Planet Christmas Tree of this season :)
“You have good poison? You are sure it will not make me suffer too long?”
switching up styles a bit for a more graphical(?) look! world book day is coming up and i wanted to pay a little homage to one of my all-time favs. might make a series of drawings for it when i find the drive again.. im making him waayy much older arent i oh hoho
«(…) Chris Marker threw himself into a peculiar editorial project that remained relatively unknown - obscured for his later media outburst. Between 1954 and 1958, Marker worked for the Seuil Publishers, editing and organizing a series of unconventional travelling books: The Petite Planète collection, where he also participated with texts and photographs of his own. In these samll volumes dedicated to several countries in the world, Marker’s intervention was immediatly felt, not only in his modern and experimental (photo)graphic montage, but also in the profound heterodoxy of its textual contents.
The usual references to the history and culture of each country are still present, but these books clearly distant themselves from the idyllic and uplifting descriptions that generally fill up travelling books. They surprise us by enhancing least obvious narratives, unpredictable commentaries and social and political critique. The shocking photographs of dead people or public executions that, for example, are part of the book about China really give away how the Petite Planète books frustrate any expectations on this editorial type. Particular hybrid objects, where a cold reporter fuses with a subjective opinion, where verbal and textual discourses are equivalent to each other, and where politics and poetry become united, there books conceal, from an early point, what is Chris Marker’s little planet (…).