|hey kids – oh its been a wild week – and besides christopher reeve passing away – a true academic legend & genius has passed on as well – world-renowned french philosopher jacques derrida at the age of 74 – considered to be the father of the ‘deconstruction’ movement – his profound way of thinking affected numerous areas of thought and discipline.|
besides having the luck to read some of derrida’s musings while doing my masters work (in media studies) at the new school back in nyc – when i first moved to LA – i was luckily afforded the chance to work on a documentary aptly titled DERRIDA – it was my first introduction (and film credit!) to the wacky wild world of los angeles/indie movie-making – and turned out to be one of the best work experiences i ever had – started as the web designer on the project (derridathemovie.com) – i was fortunate enough to work it into a producer’s assistant role (post-production mania! but fun!) to co-director & producer Amy Ziering Kofman – helping to work the film’s sundance festival 2002 premiere (that place is a hoot!) to the nyc premiere & party with jacques himself in attendance (la premiere too!) – to most recently the film’s release on dvd – i still work with Amy (and co-director – kirby dick) today – both amy and kirby have been a blessing – as was working on an important and smart project helping to document the great legacy that jacques has all left us with.
‘The question of the archive is not a question of the past. It is not the question of a concept dealing with the past that might already be at our disposal. An archivable concept of the archive. It is a question of the future, the question of the future itself, the question of a response, of a promise, and of a responsibility for tomorrow. The archive, if we want to know what that will have meant, we will only know in times to come; not tomorrow, but in times to come. Later on, or perhaps never.’
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS, 1996
MAL D’ARCHIVE: UNE IMPRESSION FREUDIENNE
EDITIONS GALILEE, 1995
October 13, 2004