Screening of "Routine pleasures"

29.09.2011 - 19:00 to 22:00
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As suggested by Praneet Soi and as we discussed at the india week prep meeting we will have another screening on Thursday evening, 29.9., 19:00 in Kunstarken.

"Routine pleasures" is a film by Jean-Pierre Gorin, a teacher of Praneet Soi when he studied at the art academy in San Diego (CA).

you can find a good introduction into Gorins work at

"Routine Pleasures makes of its investigation of “men and imagination” in 1980s America “a small-scale epic,” in Gorin’s words, a remake of Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939). (14) Gorin’s principal subject is a group of model train enthusiasts who meet weekly at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Southern California: their miniature landscapes preserve a lost, perhaps illusory America, and their obsession curiously entwines work and childhood. Gorin weaves this subject with another: his friend and mentor Manny Farber. Farber doesn’t appear, except in photographs; but his paintings and words (and such preoccupations as Jimmy Cagney) do; and Gorin, again assuming the persona of bemused investigator, shuttles between these strands with effortless ingenuity. The film’s intersecting narratives function like the crossing tracks of the train set, or the lines of force of Farber’s paintings, establishing nodes of resemblance and resonance; and all the while Gorin assesses American identity, its experience of geography and frontier, of masculinity, of history, of the relation of private and collective. For Routine Pleasures, Gorin won the award for Best Experimental Documentary at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence."

or visit his page at the UCSD:

Postal address:
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

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