06 January 2011

"he wrote, 'I'm just back from Hokkaido, the northern island. Rich and hurried Japanese take the plane. Others take the ferry. Waiting, immobility, snatches of sleep, curiously all of that makes me think of some past or future war: night trains, air raids, fall-out shelters, small fragments of war enshrined in everyday life." He liked the fragility of those moments suspended in time, those memories whose only function being was to leave behind memories. He wrote, "I've been around the world several times, and now only banality still interests me. On this trip I've tracked it with the relentlessness of a bounty hunter. At dawn, we'll be in Tokyo.'"

// quote from sans soleil, a film by chris marker 1982