Let’s imagine a moment - Episode 4

Imaginons un instant - Episode 4 A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’41s, 2009). Let’s imagine for a moment that this radiator is a wall... thumbnail Benoît Labourdette
22 November 2009. Published by Leny Müh.

Let’s imagine for a moment that this radiator is a wall...

One of my wishes, in these films, is to build live soundtracks during the shooting, to move the “micro-camera” to make exist sounds in sequence plane.

This radiator fan, with its discreet sound, invited me to record it. It’s probably an embryonic soundtrack, but it’s a first try. I also pay more attention to the noises of manipulations of the device, which I try to reduce to a minimum (unless I choose to exploit them as such, of course).

So, since the framework was rather technical, the subject could not have existed at all, which is the best situation for this project. The “danger”, the fact of not knowing where we are going but opening up to the directions that the meetings propose, was total.

The myth of human control over the world has come back explicitly. My fear of repetition and boredom. But basically, no, it’s a variation on the theme, and maybe this set of films being made is an investigation against mastery, precisely. A project to work on the “correctness” of things. To this extent, it is not abnormal that this subject of the mastery of the frozen man returns. The most important thing is not to be complacent. And if it shows up from time to time, it’s that it’s something to work on, precisely.

“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.