Category: cinema

The Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant is an uncompl…

The Cherokee Nuclear Power Plant is an uncompleted energy project outside Gaffney, South Carolina. In the early 1970s, Duke Power started construction on a three-reactor nuclear power plant
at the site. However, the project stalled due to economic problems by
the early 1980s, leading to the project’s eventual abandonment. In 1987,
the power plant was the site of an underwater film studio built by Hollywood director James Cameron, for the film The Abyss.

bernardodias: [Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guat…


[Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari][Holey Space]: the ‘third space’ of the machinic phylum (of matter-flow), inhabited by itinerant mettalurgists, and by extension the ‘underground’ space that can connect with smooth space and be conjugated by striated space. Holey space is the subsoil space of ‘swiss cheese’ that bypasses both the ground [sol] of nomadic smooth space and the land [terre] of sedentary striated space. In this bypassing, holey space is suspect; for Gilles Deleuze, the mark of Cain is not the biblical mark of the soild, but a mark of the subsoil [sous-sol], since holey space is conceived of by surface dwellers as created by theft and betrayal. 

Holey space has different relations to nomadic smooth and State striated space. Cave-dwelling, earth-boring tunnellers are only imperfecty controlled by the State, and often have allied with nomads and with peasants in revolts against centralized authority. Thus the machinic phylum explored in holey space connects with smooth space to form rhizomes, while it is conjugated (blocked) by State striation. The previously positive relation of holey and smooth space has turned around, however, now that States are able to create a smooth space of surveillance and global military interevention. Holey spaces have flourished for the only way to escape the spying eyes of State intelligence is to go underground: ‘Do not new smooth spaces, or holey spaces, arise as parries even in relation to the smooth space of a worldwide organization? Virilio invokes the beginnings of subterranean habitation in the “mineral layer”, which can take on very diverse values. Such a turnaround has not gone unnoticed; led by the Bush Administration, global States now trumpet the danger of ‘rogue regimes’ that have taken their weapons-making capabilities underground where they cannot be detected by satellites and spy planes. North Korea in 2003 remains the prime example, but much of the premise upon which the Bush Administration built its case for the 2003 ‘pre-emptive’ assault on Iraq was the supposedly concealed nature of weapons laboratories and storage facilities. The post 9/11 Afghanistan war was also launched against the holey space of the so-called ‘Al Qaeda’ network, supposedly in possession of innumerable underground hideouts, indeed even elaborate bunkers (though these were discovered to be not nearly as luxurious as their reputations). The bunkers and tunnels of the American establishment are, of course, exempt from any suspicion.
Cyberspace and forest space may also be seen as holey spaces rather than as smooth spaces in that they provide protective cover for ‘underground’ operations. Guerrilla armies such as the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) use forests to great advantage, and indeed a long line of guerrilla forces in Latin American has used rain forests in this way. The armies of the State cannort array on it as on a battlefield, and the trees must be defoliated before air war can be successful. Cyberspace is filled with gaps and voids, black matter from which hackers (these may of course be in the service of States) launch coordinated attacks on sites and servers. A study of the paranoid tunneling in Cold War suburban backyards to create ‘fallout shelters’ would yield yet another aspect of the interrelations of smooth, striate, and holey space, as would the innumerable urban legends concerning sewers, subway tunnels, and the like.

Still from Strike,
Sergei Eisenstein, 1925



Quest by Saul and Elaine Bass, 1983.

cinearchitecture: This can’t be the house of t…


This can’t be the house of the man of her dreams: an apartment building in Éric Rohmer’s Le Beau Mariage (1982)

North Christian Church, Columbus (IN), Eero Sa…

North Christian Church, Columbus (IN), Eero Saarinen, 1964. From the movie Columbus (2017)

Mental Health Center, Columbus (IN), James St…

Mental Health Center, Columbus (IN), James Stewart Polshek, 1972. Here in Columbus. Director: Kogonada (Superlative Films, Depth of Field, 2017)

furtho: Still from Philippe de Broca L’Homme D…


Still from Philippe de Broca L’Homme De Rio, 1964 (via here)



Logans Run, 1976

Wind Gap, Missouri

Wind Gap, Missouri

Subway, Luc Besson, 1 986

As I spoke of him in the last text, here is Gros Bill, in 2
(in English, not the original version) of the fantastic movie
Subway by Luc Besson, his second movie after Le Dernier Combat, not so
famous for the new generations who know more Le 5 Elément, Nikita, Le
Grand Bleu
, etc.

Subway revealed Christophe Lambert. For the ones
who want to keep on seeing him as a bad actor, I recommend you the
viewing of this fantastically poetic movie with great music of Eric
Serra. And the actors…so many remarkable ones, starting (after
Lambert) by the so sexy (without obviousness for many people)
Jean-Hughes Anglade on his rollers, Isabelle Adjani, historically
feminine ‘n provocative, Richard Bohringer, etc.

Basile Pesso, Freeland, 17 juillet 2 018, 1st broadcast then (Fb)