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Blood Lust of the Wolf

by about.theWindow

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// What is this?

Blood Lust of the Wolf (2015-2017) is a live cinema collaboration between Simon Tarr and about.theWindow that remixes the classic film Nanook of the North (dir. Robert Flaherty, 1922) into a fugue state about race, ethnicity and exploitation. The show dissects the core of what makes Nanook disturbing yet compelling nearly a century later— the film’s approach to ethnography.

By examining the landscape and people that were once fragmented during Flaherty's filmmaking process, and reassembling them into new personas and places, Blood Lust of the Wolf invites the audience to reconsider their own positions and complicities in global systems of race and exploitation.

// What does the title mean?

Nanook of the North was a silent film, so like other films of the time, it uses text intertitles to situate and advance the film's story. Intertitles were much more baroque than narration or dialogue, the film is peppered with these poetic and strange turns of phrase. The phrase "blood lust of the wolf" is an intertitle used to describe the mighty sled dogs, but unmistakably ascribing such characteristics to Allakariallak, the man playing the character of Nanook.

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released December 18, 2020

music: about.theWindow
cover: simon tarr




about.theWindow Columbia, South Carolina

This is a practice ꍇৣ࿆࿆ૣ؞ৢৢৣְֱֲֶؙؙ۠ؖۜۛัิีึืฺุู์ํ๎้็่๊๋ੱੱੱੰੰੰੰੰ྄ིེྀ༵༵༷༵༷༵༷༷༵༵༵̖͖྆྇ྃྂ̅̅̆͜͢͠͏͌҉ྈof listening. Improvisational, textural, rhythmic, momentary. How very 1999.94.20."

Members include Cecil Decker and Chris Johnson.
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