It is what it is (2009) – Jeremy Deller
This car was destroyed in a major attack on a book market in the cultural centre of Baghdad in 2007; the street itself was totally destroyed, 35 people were killed, and hundreds were injured. In 2009 Jeremy Deller towed the car from New York to LA, stopping off in 14 towns and cities on the way – a classic American road trip route – accompanied by an Iraqi citizen and an American soldier. It was presented in as neutral a way as possible, and conversations about Iraq, inspired by the car’s story, were filmed and posted on YouTube. Deller described it as ‘the conversation piece from hell.’
On this day …
1732 Benjamin Franklin published Poor Richard’s Almanack. The Almanack contained
the calendar, weather, astronomical information and the the occasional mathematical
exercise, but is chiefly remembered for Franklin’s own aphorisms.
1895 Auguste and Louis Lumière put on a show at the Grand Café in Paris which is widely
considered to be the birth of cinema. However, they believed people would soon tire of
paying money to watch what they could see outside for free - Louis Lumière said ‘the
cinema is an invention without a future’.
1954 American actor Denzil Washington was born.
1983 The Beach Boys' drummer Dennis Wilson drowned shortly after his thirty-ninth birthday.
Did you know …?
The word cinema comes from the Lumière brothers’ cinématographe, a three-in-one machine which was a film recorder, developer and projector.