THE Visuals MOST Related with the German filmmaker and artist Dore O. are of a female, encounter-up like Millais’s Ophelia, drifting phantasmally in excess of ocean waters, her body a gauzy projection superimposed onto a blue backdrop of restless motion. The girl is twentysomething Dore herself in her 2nd film, Alaska (1968), a supple succession of beachy nonetheless pictures and double exposures whose femininity and softness really feel deceptive. Staccato editing rhythms and a menacing drone agitate these ethereal visions. And is the woman fading, or coming into view? The photos now carry an awful prescience in light of Dore’s recent death at age seventy-five. This March, the filmmaker’s overall body was found in the Ruhr river reportedly she had been struggling from gentle dementia. Dore O., who was not instantly recognized, had been missing for
In 2017, Tom James collaborated with Alex Hartley to build a geodesic dome from reclaimed materials on the grounds of a country mansion. Then they invited various experts and members of the public to join them and learn together how we can survive in a collapsing world. Most of the workshops involved learning the kind of skills that modernity has rendered obsolete: making your own booze, harnessing wind power for electricity, making a foxhole radio, foraging for something edible, finding your way by looking at the night sky, etc. A couple of workshops even explored how to rebuild democracy and how to die.