Music for Airports by Brian Eno (1978)
March of the Penguins (La Marche de l’empereur) directed by Luc Jacquet (2005)
The film depicts the yearly journey of the emperor penguins of Antarctica. In autumn, all the penguins of breeding age (five years old and over) leave the ocean, their normal habitat, to walk inland to their ancestral breeding grounds. There, the penguins participate in a courtship that, if successful, results in the hatching of a chick. For the chick to survive, both parents must make multiple arduous journeys between the ocean and the breeding grounds over the ensuing months. It took one year for the two isolated cinematographers Laurent Chalet and Jérôme Maison to shoot the film, which was shot around the French scientific base of Dumont d’Urville in Adélie Land.
Re-interpretation/contemporary expression of the traditional “broadside”:
The traditional broadside was originally a pragmatic medium. As the ancestor of the newspaper, the broadside provided a public service, conveying information in a disposable manner. The proliferation of electronic media has made the broadside, by definition, an artifact. Therefore, when a contemporary artist makes a broadside, a fascinating portrait of our times emerges. No longer being a popular medium, attention can be lavished in new ways on the innate qualities of the broadside, as form stands out distinctly above content. The audience perceives the modern broadside not as a source of timely information, but as a museum piece, fodder for a society of archivists, collectors, and connoisseurs.