August 23, 2012

Jarvis Cocker, Journeys into the Outside



British singer Jarvis Cocker in 1998 travelled along a lot of outsider environments to produce a tv-movie, Journeys into the Outside, broadcasted by British Channel 4 in 1999.

This movie has become kind of a classic among those who are interested in outsider art and outsider environments. However, after the film was broadcasted, it didn't become available through any public medium.

But enthusiasts now may rejoice: in april 2012 the movie was downloaded on Youtube  (since 2016 not available in some countries due to a copyright claim)

It comes in three parts. The first part deals with some classic french sites and, when available, their authors. Jarvis' voiceover is in english, but the talks with the creators of the sites are in french (subtitled in english).



These are the french environments Jarvis Cocker visited:
* the mosaic decorated house and garden of Robert Vasseur, with late mr Vasseur talking about the project (starts at 5'40")
* Bodan Litnianski's environment, with late mr Litnianski talking about the constructs he made (starts at 10'45")
* the house of monsieur G as it was some twelve years after he died, with fragments of the Prévost movie about mr G and his site, and an interview with mr Prévost (starts at 16'28")
* la Maison Picassiette, with a stepson of Raymond Isidore being interviewed (starts at 21'25")
* the site of Chomo, with fragments of the Prévost movie, but without mr Chomeaux himself (starts at 27'00")

The second part deals with sites in the USA (out of topic in this blog, but of course very interesting).



* Edward James' builded structure in Mexico
* the Eben-Ezer Tower, with late Robert Garcet giving his views (starts at 11'40") 
* the Junker House (before it became a museum) (starts at 22'0")
* Bruno Weber's site in Switzerland (starts at 30'24")
* Michel Thévoz of the Lausanne Art Brut Museum (starts at 34'50")
* Nek Chand's Rock Garden (starts at 42'38")

Journeys into the outside is a classic indeed. 

3 comments:

  1. I wrote and directed this film and will try and make it available to the public either via dvd or rebroadcast on Channel4

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  2. WOW!!! A world of information. Love to have stumbled upon your blog :)

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