From June 2013

Emak Bakia!


Emak Bakia! ………Leave me alone!

I have been really attracted to this old Baroque language expressing the essential and ironical part of human life character as a social animal after watching the Sydney Film Festival film ‘The search for Emak Bakia’. This Spanish documentary film director Oskar Alegría went to the journey for searching for Emak Bakia inspired by Man Ray’s short film called cinépoéme ‘Emak Bakia!’. I am sure that Man Ray had same fascination when he found this expression.

It was told that Man Ray was inspired by a tomb epitaph in France but the director found the clown tomb without the death date. (The memory of) clown never die.

It was told that there is a house called Emak Bakia. Instead, he found the vintage shop where the owner named following one of his favourite films and mentioned the Emak Bakia was choosing him not chosen by him.

And there was a post card with one sentence ‘Are you behaving yourself?’ while the director was researching archive building landscape image post cards. He couldn’t find the receiver in that era and expressed it was difficult as much as shooting the pig’s nightmare.

Finally he found the house based on the unique columns image in the film and got the chance to hear about Romanian princess who visited there one month ago with the same reference image. The house was belong to her grandfather.

The OST was composed by the contemporary musician who visited the house with another creative cause and collected the sound of the building.

Among disappearing languages like Baroque, the director made mistake of saying that the letter in Korean was Taiwanese where he found at the Man Ray tomb.

We get lost. On the way of searching the meaning of our lives, we find something new and unexpected.

What I admire about Man Ray is his challenging and experimental reproach to arts like his film ‘Emak Bakia’. However I have to remember Lee Miller, the co-developer of Solarisation technique with the same reason.

From the series 'La Noche', Left: Negatives Solarisation (Sabattier effect) , Right: Print Solarisation
From the image 'Self, Celestial', Left: Print Solarisation, Right: Negatives Solarisation (Sabattier effect)