New again (film still)
2011, digital film on flatscreen, 9 min 23 sec. Edition of 3 plus 1 AP
Coggle’s video ‘New Again’ consists of a long text that, without a straight forward narrative, is being played relatively fast, much like the credits at the end of a movie. The piece builds on her previous, non durational works, in which a conglomeration of images/texts go in different and contradictory directions at once.
Staged in a local vintage store, two teenagers re-enact the final scenes of well-known movies.
All seems to be borrowed – scripts, gestures and emotions, clothes and props.
Thereby everything is open for re-interpretation.
DVD video. 01:32 minutes. 2008. Re-edited title sequence from Superman (1978)—the first film to incorporate digital effects for its titles—where all of the names have been removed and only the digital effects are left.
The Five Obstructions is a 2003 film by Lars von Trier and Jørgen Leth. The film is a documentary, but incorporates lengthy sections of experimental films produced by the filmmakers. The premise is that Lars von Trier has created a challenge for his friend and mentor, Jørgen Leth, another filmmaker. von Trier’s favourite film is Leth’s The Perfect Human (1967). von Trier gives Leth the task of remaking The Perfect Human five times, each time with a different ‘obstruction’ given by von Trier.
The Perfect Human is a 1967 short film by Jørgen Leth lasting 13 minutes. It depicts a man and a woman, both labelled ‘the perfect human’ in a detached manner, “functioning” in a white boundless room, as though they were subjects in a zoo.
The film also makes reference to Godard’s work as a critic for Cahiers du Cinéma: a woman (uncredited) attempts to sell a copy of Cahiers to Michel on the street, saying “Monsieur, do you support youth?” He angrily refuses, saying “No, I prefer the old.”
According to Barbet Schroeder, Godard’s original title for the film was Moi, un blanc (“Me, a white man”). This was in response to a 1958 film by Jean Rouch, entitled Moi, un noir (“Me, a black man”).