Anton sent me a link to a post on Infinite Thought. Of interest, he thought, given our talks.

“I perched in discomfort on the end of my bed and announced ‘I think if there’s a woman with nothing on appearing on the screen no one’s going to listen to the words’, suggesting perhaps he could film our ‘This Exploits Women’ stickers on the tube. Godard gave me a baleful look, his lip curled. ‘Don’t you think I am able to make a c*** boring?’, he exclaimed. We were locked in a conflict over a fleeting ethnographic moment.


As for Godard’s intention of making a c*** boring, I cannot say except that a friend in International Socialism told me that his first thought had been ‘crumpet’ – until the shot went on and on and on, and he started to listen.’

(From Shelia Rowbotham, Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties, quoted in Colin MacCabe, Godard: A Portrait of the Artist at Seventy)

There’s also something about it that reminds me of my Door Feather Door video, in which disjunct text, reading and images each simultaneously call on the viewer’s attention so the experience is continually frustrated. It’s worth keeping this in mind for these talks, for which I’m keen to avoid pandering to the viewer to provide a comfortable show.