“It’s been a prevalent notion. Fallen sparks. Fragments of vessels broken at the Creation. And someday, somehow, before the end, a gathering back to home. A messenger from the Kingdom, arriving at the last moment. But I tell you there is no such message, no such home — only the millions of last moments . . . nothing more. Our history is an aggregate of last moments.” –Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS, a screening series curated by Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, conceived around themes explored in their collaborative film, A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (2013). The screening series is organized for EXPO 1: New York by Aily Nash in conjunction with the EXPO Cinema and the EXPO Colony.
The Thing by John Carpenter
1982, 109 min, digital, United States
A decapitated head grows monster-spider legs and starts crawling on its crown – “You’ve got to be fucking kidding!” (cue: flamethrower). This is the stuff of teenage dreams, or mine anyway. Eyes melt. Skin explodes. Bodies turning in upon themselves to become whole again, all set to rebuild the working commune of suspicious workers in the sublime Arctic wonderland. A visceral mass of chaos and noise. Smoke under the ruins, calm amongst the dying embers… –BR