Koyaanisqatsi

Talking about non-places, and their relationship with ruins, it is impossible for recto/verso to avoid mentioning the american documentary film directed by Godfrey Reggio with music by Philip Glass and cinematography by Ron Fricke, Koyaanisqatsi (1982). The movie, whose title is a word taken from the Hopi language meaning “unbalanced life” or “crazy life” in the sense of no static life, is a great contemporary example of the imaginary described by Marc Augé. Part of a trilogy, also comprising Powaqqatsi (1988) and Naqoyqatsi (2002), which describes different ways of relationship between humans, nature and technology, Koyaanisqatsi is a silent movie of slow motion and time-lapse footage, guiding the spectator through a journey across several places, that could be easily associated or understood as non places. Cities and natural landscapes overlap and are juxtaposed to music, creating a visual poem in which airports, fast food, shopping malls, cinema, transports, streets etc. are accelerated in an anonymous flow for the meeting and circulation of people.

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