Space is the Place”: The films of Patrick Keiller

Moore, Rachel. 2004. Space is the Place”: The films of Patrick Keiller. Luxonline, [Article]

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commissioned essay

Patrick Keiller

"Climb aboard my ship," Sun Ra instructed teen-agers assembled in Oakland, California. Met with incredulity he persisted, "you're in chains now here, space is the place."

For this artist, the map of the world as he saw it in the 1970s had no place called utopia. While extraordinary in every way, Sun Ra's is perhaps the purest and most profoundly motivated instance of what characterises the radical aspirations of the first sixty years of this century. Technological drive fuelled an impulse towards the archaic wherein space travel, machine music, glittering robes and majestic head gear pushed towards a nomadic future in the galaxy. The futurist answer to a futureless world was to leave it.

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Music > Afghanistan Music Unit (AMU)



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27 Oct 2015 14:47

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27 Jun 2017 14:48


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