Let’s imagine a moment - Episode 2

Imaginons un instant - Episode 2 A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’47s, 2009). Let’s imagine for a moment that this wall is outside... }. thumbnail Benoît Labourdette
18 November 2009. Published by Leny Müh.

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One of my main lines of work is the staging of the very process of writing, the dramaturgy (thus the interest for the spectator) of the creative operation: how the encounter with objects, the confrontation between imagination and reality creates ideas and concepts.

It is a proposal of regular short films, associated with their context of appearance. I’m working on a new meaning of the inductor “Once upon a time...”, which I replace with “Imagine for a moment...”.

“Once upon a time...” is the driving force behind fairy tales, plunging into a totally imaginary world. A way of enlightening ourselves, while entertaining us, by connecting the narrated fiction (fully external to reality, therefore with a symbolic dimension) to the deep myths that govern us.

“Let’s imagine for a moment...” is the driver of the surrealist shift, the distortion of reality. A way of clarifying the fact that the very notion of reality is profoundly subjective. A proposal to distance oneself, to try to touch more closely what escapes us in the lived experience.

“Let’s imagine for a moment that this broom is a human being”, “let’s imagine for a moment that this pavement is a sun”, “let’s imagine for a moment that the night doesn’t exist”... in everyday life, incongruous and surrealistic visions of the world.

Twenty and one sequence shots, shot in 2009, in which I film myself, as I travel through life’s peregrinations, imagining by words a fiction based on the reality I am crossing.

I made this series with an innovative tool, the “Zoom Q3”, the first pocket camera equipped with an excellent quality microphone. It was this camera that invited me to do a work on the recording of the live voice in daily life.