Abstraction

Abstraction is a philosophical, artistic, computer and psychological concept. In psychology, it is the ability to mentally construct conceptual objects, i.e. objects that do not exist in reality. It is one of the essential points of difference between homo sapiens and other animal species. In computer science, it is a representation in a high-level language, which brings together in an intelligible way a large number of low-level operations, we speak of an “abstraction layer”. In art, it is about representations that do not seek to represent reality. In philosophy, it is the production of a concept. My creative work often concerns abstraction, in these different meanings.

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Loop video by Benoît Labourdette (2’05s, 2000).

Primitive motion pictures.

Video-vegetal installation. Into the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur Loire, the landscape architect Jean-Philippe Poirée-Ville has created a vegetable sculpture, in a basement, as a large liana levitating in the dark. I worked on (...)

Loop video by Benoît Labourdette (5’40s, 2000).

Speaking words is like drawing your own life line.

Video creation by Benoît Labourdette (2’58s, 2014).

The small trace left on a surface, on a “skin”, is perhaps the most important thing there is.

Film by Benoît Labourdette (2’45s, 2014).

Dialogue between a haiku of Ueda Chôshû and organic-generative kaleidoscopes images made with reality.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (9’54s, 2014).

A mystery of the act of painting, unveiled with Richard Texier.

Video creation by Benoît Labourdette (3’50s, 2013).

What is architecture, what is a place, how do you envisage ?

Video creation by Benoît Labourdette (3’20s, 2014).

The position of the body in architecture is an eternal question for me.

Series of 100 paintings by Benoît Labourdette (acrylic and mixed media on canvas) format of 100x100cm in format 12x12cm, 2016. Exhibition in the studio of the artist in the fourth quarter 2016. «Initially, I had a film project : work inside the (...)

January 16, 2015, showing of a film series program Kaleidoscopes, interspersed with texts I say during projection. Sessions organized by the association Small lantern, also organizer of the Festival Slice of life in Olonne sur Mer (France). (...)

Loop video by Benoît Labourdette (1’, 2000).

Primitive motion pictures.

Loop video by Benoît Labourdette (2’14s, 2000).

Lateral travelling.

Revisit the principles of four-colour printing, with inks and ashes. Fifteen “numerical paintings”. Mechanical colour reproduction does not use the same primary colours as in painting. There are only three: Red, Green and Blue. On computer (...)

Video creation by Benoît Labourdette (3’43s, 2014).

A voice emerges from the field of image and sound.

Video creation by Benoît Labourdette (3’36s, 2014).

Portions of a building, which transform the bodies of humans who cross.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’57s, 2005).

Movement of the human gaze, gaze of the machines, movement of the world...

Loop video by Benoît Labourdette (1’50s, 2000).

Repetitive synthetic voice that seeks to feel the incarnation behind the abstraction.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’21s, 2019).

When an architecture made of glass reveals its intrinsic abstraction.

To take full ownership of digital as a tool for audiovisual production, as a language for self-expression, it is necessary, in my point of view, to considered it in the concrete of its materiality, to no longer represent it as an abstraction, (...)

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