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Rossio #18: The new in Archive


Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário and Arquivo 237 dedicated a session of the informal, irregular and itinerant cineclub Rossio to the conception of the new in archive.

In order to talk about archive, we take the principle that it is an ordered repository where one keeps what is considered of value and that, by its nature, conquers space in time. After modernism tried to erase the traces of memory by considering it a timeless space of action, with the fading of this utopian project, posterior currents returned to the themes of archive and memory. A return that, not unpunished by the marks of time, got saddled by the deconstruction of the notion of archive as a rigid monument of memory, converting it into a lacunar space, in which we recognize different exercises of power. So, by losing its rigid nature and being questioned the integrity of the truth it represents, the archive has transformed itself in a space of “reinvestment for other logics” where, based on “performative” repetitions, are built multiple and new “historical truths”.

DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y Johan Grimonprez, Belgium/France, 1997, 68’, leg. pt.

Fasten your seatbelts for the acclaimed documentary about airplanes’ hijacking that eerily anticipated September 11th. In it we find the romantic air hijackers who fought for their revolutions and won airtime on passenger planes during the 60s. In the 90s the characters apparently ceased to exist, being replaced in our TV screens by suitcase-bomb stories, sponsored by the State. The director Johan Grimonprez investigates the politics behind this change, at the same time he reveals our own cumplicity in the urge for a final disaster.

The session’s entrance was free and followed by a conversation with Pedro Lagoa and José Gomes Pinto, moderated by Arquivo 237.

Session of the informal, irregular and itinerant cineclub Rossio
Organization: Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário, Arquivo 237
Financing: ICA, Governo de Portugal

Acknowledgements to Pedro Lagoa and Johan Grimonprez.