University Montpellier 3 : “I did not know it, but I’m my camera”

6 April 2017. Published by Benoît Labourdette.

Overview of my filmmaking efforts from 1997 to 2017, in relation to technological developments, and the making of a “mental” film.

In the framework of a study day entitled “Self-narrative: Tool and features of the” I “on screen, organized by Claire Chatelet and Julie Savelli (University Montpellier 3) Intervention:”I did not know, but I am my camera", here is the short presentation:

Visit of 20 years of autobiographical and autofictional productions of Benoît Labourdette (1997-2017), closely related to the new tools that gave birth to them: DV cameras, mobile phones, cameras, drones, virtual reality cameras. Machines manufacture us more than we manufacture machines. A diachronic perspective on the evolution of “audiovisual” in a work. Linked to workshop practices using these same tools.

I articulated this presentation, which was accompanied by excerpts of my films, in three stages:

  1. Philosophical inventory of what are and we make digital images today. How images make us more than we make them.
  2. Crossing my practice and my cinematographic experiments.
  3. Practice: collective realization of a mental film. The following pictures are the written reactions of a number of participants after “viewing” the film.

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Listen to the speech and watch the movie “Plage de l’Espiguette”

Film “Plage de l’Espiguette” - bande son
« Je ne le savais pas, mais je suis ma caméra » - Enregistrement de l’intervention

Complete program of the day

Projection to the cinema Utopia Montpellier

  • Rester là-bas (1992, 47’) deDominique Cabrera (1992, 47 ’) (in the presence of the filmmaker).
  • Visite ou Mémoires et Confessions (1982, 1h08) by Manoel de Oliveira (presented by Guillaume Bourgois).

    Study Day at Montpellier University

  • Welcome and presentation of the day by Claire Chatelet and Julie Savelli (RIRRA 21, Paul-Valéry University Montpellier 3).
  • The newspaper filmed in video Meeting with the filmmaker Dominique Cabrera.
    Juliette Goursat (IRCAV, Sorbonne University, New Paris 3). * * In search of a personal expression: the enunciative devices of autobiographical films.
  • Plurals like the universe (Pessoa, Oliveira, Rodrigues). Guillaume Bourgois (CINESTHEA, Grenoble-Alpes University).
  • I did not know it, but I’m my camera. Benoît Labourdette, filmmaker, author, founder of the Pocket Films Festival.
  • Self-filming and IO on the Internet: the feminine videoblog. Marida Di Crosta (MARGE, University Jean-Moulin Lyon 3).
  • Techniques of self and digital technologies Bidhan Jacobs (Labex Arts-H2H, University Paris 8).
Video and audio recordings, documents, abstracts, of conferences that I run in different contexts.