CSS: Upstream Color (Shane Carruth, 2013) & dj set Alexandru HG
La COLECTIVA GAZETTE
7 Decembrie 2017
“Shane Carruth is describing the life of a microscopic parasite that breeds in the guts of a cat. To locate such a cosy nest, he explains, the parasite takes over the mind of a rodent, making it behave like an easy feline lunch. Given half a chance, toxoplasma gondii will live in humans too. Left unnoticed, it can change the way our brain works, causing OCD and schizophrenia, controlling who we think we are. In Carruth’s film, Upstream Colour, these tiny manipulators have a starring role. It might sound like a highbrow Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, but mostly Upstream Colour is a damaged romance, told through a broken mirror montage, shot with the hazy shimmer of Terrence Malick and filled with the strange symbolism of David Lynch. The film stems from the debates Carruth often has with his family, in which he finds himself questioning whether we can ever truly make decisions when so much is out of our hands. It asks how much our identities are shaped by genetics, nurture, chance – sources that exist “upstream” from us – and whether it’s ever possible to swim against the tide. “We’re pushed around by things we don’t know about,” he says. “We’re affected at a distance by a world we only think we understand, but really we don’t.”
#ColectivaSilverScreen proposes a series of feature and documentary film screenings with dystopian, anarchist, activist, trangressive and other various underground culture related themes, ranging from the culture’s onset until the present day.
Artwork: Alexandra Mocan
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