Chairs A film by Benoît Labourdette (3’26s, 2012). Musical improvisation Olivier Mellano. thumbnail Benoît Labourdette
23 November 2012. Published by Benoît Labourdette.

We all sat on chairs in classrooms. We make these chairs ? What do they give us ? How they welcome us ? Can we look at them differently than in a utilitarist point of view ? Besides, are they not utilitarian ? They pass, through their design, color, layout, something of a representation of the world. They imply something about our relationship to each other.

These are chairs, but mostly, a chair, one chair, one on which we sit. An object, in fact of the highest importance to our business.

This film is an attempt to capture the inner eye, physics, that could produce the chairs around us... it may seems trivial at first sight. But it is precisely from this banality, to dig something, to seek to touch the depth, which seems interesting, important.

In fact, for years I have this project and I have often, very often, speaking : make a film about a chair. A simple chair, with nothing else. The film thus prepared for a very long time. Here it is.