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FOUR BY THREE MAGAZINE

Death of the Future

MATT OSSIAS

Has the possibility of a future died? Matt Ossias examines time, history, change and stillness through the prism of Giorgio Agamben, Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno, with reference to both literature and film, asking can we conceive of a still life that is in some sense still life?

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The Stranger, the Saint, and Grief’s Goodness

MICHAEL CHOLBI

Can grief only be emotionally distressing or can it be redemptive and worthwhile or even vital? Philosopher Michael Cholbi examines the protagonist of Albert Camus’ existentialist novel The Stranger and brings him in dialogue with St. Augustine’s The Confessions, in order to examine the potential of ethical self-knowledge as a consequence of grief.

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On Revenge and Tragedy in Cinema and Life

PEDRO COSTA

Is life dramatic or tragic? Internationally acclaimed and award-winning Portuguese director Pedro Costa talks to four by three magazine about the nature of reality, ethics, the responsibility of an artist, his working unique methods, time and death, tragedy and drama, music and sound and the importance of criticism.

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Giorgio Agamben and the Voice of Death

MARTIJN BUIJS

Does an essential yet still unthought relation between death and language exist? Martijn Buijs turns to the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben to reconstruct his analysis of the voice in relation to death and with reference to both Aristotle and Martin Heidegger, examining along the way being, language and the ethical consequences arising from it.

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Death 24 x a Second

LAURA MULVEY

Has cinema died? British film theorist and avant-garde filmmaker Laura Mulvey talks to four by three magazine about the ontological shift from celluloid to digital, reality, temporality and truth, addressing how film is caught between stillness and movement and how death is ingrained in the materiality of film.

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The Proximity of Life & Death

CRISTI PUIU

Where do you put the camera to get a glimpse of our imminent extinction? Critically-acclaimed Romanian director Cristi Puiu talks to four by three magazine about cinema as entertainment and art, the responsibility of an artist, reality and fiction, truth and being, his fascination with death and Albert Camus, asking what makes life worth living?

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Performing Death: Derek Jarman’s Medial Blues

JOHN GARLAND WINN

Can film transcend its material embodiment beyond celluloid print? John Winn examines Derek Jarman’s audio-visual work Blue (1993), reading it as a transmedial performance rather than a film, while foregrounding corporealities, textures, sounds and voices, thereby opening up the ways in which Blue brings to light questions concerning death.

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The Singularity of I, Daniel Blake

TOBY BULL

Can death signify in its singularity or is it always entrenched in a political context? Toby Bull examines Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winning film I, Daniel Blake in the light of its political setting and contrasts Blake’s death with Gianfranco Rosi’s Gold Bear winning Fire at Sea, a documentary about the mass death of European migrant.

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Years that Passed & Years to Come

JOANNA HOGG

How do you succeed as a filmmaker, despite the increasing challenges? Award-winning British director Joanna Hogg talks to four by three magazine about her films and collective A Nos Amours, the fascination and fallibility of memory, artistic inspiration and expression and the importance of cinema.

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A Moment of Innocence and Rebellion

MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF

Is cinema saturated with the wrong intentions? Iranian filmmaker, writer and human right activist Mohsen Makhmalbaf talked to four by three about the purpose of cinema, how it relates to art, politics and philosophy, while recounting his collaboration with Abbas Kiarostami on Close-Up and the continuous censorship he is subject to.

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Saturated with Stuff

EMRYS WESTACOTT

Are our lives saturated with stuff? Philosopher Emrys Westacott questions our seemingly inexhaustible need to acquire more and more stuff, tracing this behaviour back to the dawn of humanity and showing its exploitation by modern capitalism, asking what the relationship between our stuff and our sense of identity is.

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