Chairs

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

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I make short films as a painter makes paintings, usually in a lonely way, away from academic practices of making cinema. Some films are made in a very spontaneous way, others can take years to mature. I explore the meeting between the image and the world. These are experimental works, which often also tell stories...