An elderly couple trying to reconstitute their earlier days by reassembling memories while thinking aloud. Two voices of determined loss and insecurity. Based on the poem "The Gas Station along the Route", published in Het Tankstation op de Route, De Bezige Bij Amsterdam, 2013
Direction: Alfred Marseille & Jan Baeke
Screenplay: Jan Baeke & Alfred Marseille
Film & sound editing: Alfred Marseille
Text: Jan Baeke
Translation: Jan Baeke & Megen Molé
Voices: Joshua Rubin & Tsilla Van Coevorden
Voice direction & recording: Huub Krom (Studio Oorbit)
Single Screen edition of The Trouble with Calculation.
The footage is taken from the documentary Drugs In Our Culture (1970, KQED-TV, public domain). Most of the footage shows talking heads, who deal with a concern on the matters of the use and abuse of drugs by young people.
The texts that are displayed on the screens have the form of a poetical monologue that reflects, in a calculative way, on social economic, political, personal and psychological subjects, like the world of markets and finances, the practices of displaying a professional understanding with someone insecure and depressed, or the manner of how to deceive or convince the subject of your adultery love.
Poetical texts and spoken monologues have the same rhythm and a similar tone of voice. Or to put it differently, the music of the words that are spoken on screen is followed by the music of the poetical subtitles (and can be made audible by saying them out loud).
The two texts might trigger all kind of interpretative reflexes and make one constantly shift between meaning and sound.
Originally conceived as an interactive installation for the 2007 Literature and New Media project in the Waag, Amsterdam, this production by Jan Baeke and Alfred Marseille mixes poetry, moving images and sound in a movie directed by words, and talks about memory, longing, the misguided monologue and the meaning of the kitchen in modern society.
Images and sounds are mainly drawn from the Prelinger archives.
This version is an entirely new edit made for the 2011 Beijing Book Fair and also featured at the 2011 Noorderzon festival in Groningen (Netherlands).
Text: Jan Baeke
Editing: Alfred Marseille
English translation: Willem Groenewegen