Choir A film by Benoît Labourdette (4’10s, 2012). Music softens morals. thumbnail Benoît Labourdette
22 December 2012. Published by Benoît Labourdette.

Music softens morals.


Making the movie

When we capture the real with a camera, ie a mechanical recording tool , the movement is divided into a sequence of pictures , chained on the screen at a certain speed (24 fps ) give the illusion of natural movement. We think we see reality, but it is only realistic illusion of a trace captured by a machine. This machine was manufactured by man. She has a way of capturing reality that is related to the culture in which it was designed . What is given to us to see probably more like our culture as a faithful reproduction of what would , in itself, the real.

The images in this film are a clip , ie there is no editing, “cuts” compared to what the camera filmed . Ditto for the sound, which is a capture by a tape , seamless , movements in the air pressure of a time at a given location. But, against the reproduction tools I used are subjective and, almost for the first time in my practice, I allowed myself to add the “paint” very explicitly in the pictures. Take cultural subjectivity of reproduction. This in order simply to forward worldview, subjective , which is mine. Ie enrich the world , the banality of passage by a commuter train from one station to another , which takes about the same time a song, currently practiced in its duration (3 to 4 minutes ) . This film is what might be called a “clip” .

The invention of the train is roughly contemporary , a little earlier in the film, and there are many links between these two machines , as they change our worldview. Technology train is traveling film technology . On board a train, we are spectators of a reduced two-dimensional world, in the same way as before the computer screen or the movie theater. But a world that , through painting, I cleaned his commercial cultural referents , advertising posters, which, like open windows to another place , have always bothered me , in the attempt of a human relationship to a hypothetical real.

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...