PLAY_gallery for still and motion pictures presents:
by Pierre Coulibeuf
Opening: Saturday, 25th March 2006, 7pm
25th March - 30th April 2006
The gallery is open Wed – Sat, 2 – 7pm
Artist’s statement :
1) The installations (still and moving images)
« Lost Paradise » and « Love Neutral» are part of a cross-disciplinary project which brings together various artistic disciplines : cinema, photography, sculpture, architecture, literature and painting.
These installations are both drawn from my
films « Lost Paradise » and « Love Neutral
», inspired by the worlds of visual-artist
photographers, namely Jean-Marc Bustamante
and Suzanne Lafont. The first installation
deals primarily with an artwork by
J.-M. Bustamante (the sculpture-structure La Maison Close, situated in the public space), the second deals with subjects pertaining to the work of S. Lafont (portrait and landscape). These artists’ worlds are transformed by a vision, materialised here in installations composed of still and moving images. There is a transition to another imaginary universe. The relation between the works displayed in the exhibition and those of J.-M. Bustamante, S. Lafont and, of course, those of the writer Maurice Blanchot, brings to my mind a verse by Mallarmé : « I appear to myself in you like a far-off shadow. » (Herodiade). The still image gives rise to movement and in turn, the moving image generates still images which simulate the conventions of visual-artistic photography. The photographs are printed directly from the negatives of the original film, more precisely from the rushes (doubles of edited scenes), and are presented as small “photographic paintings”. Between these two traditional categories, the exhibition presents projections of “cinematic paintings”, frozen scenes which push back the frontiers, in this case of artistic categories: the still photographic image, and the moving cinematic image overlay one another in such a way that the limits between them become indiscernible. Subject (portrait/close-up or landscape), fixedness (photo/shot with characters or landscapes), and length (photo/unique shot) are put into a relationship of reciprocal tension.
The installation « Who’s Marina Abramovic ?
» is drawn from my film « Balkan Baroque »,
inspired by the world of Marina Abramovic.
This installation plays a segment from the
original film within two visual contexts:
video and photography. The fixedness of the
camera, its frontal position in relation the
subject and the décor, the reference to
video-performance art, the close-up and the
narrative effect, all bring out the
multiplicity of relationships between cinema
and these two visual objects. The
presentation of photos (in the form of
“photographic paintings”) printed directly
from the original film fulfils the
photographic potentialities of the film,
above and beyond that which we call in
cinema “the photography of film”. In
addition, the spatial disposition of objects
(videos and photos) should bring into play a
vertiginous, and oscillatory relationship
between the still and the moving image, and
so show the spectator the interval, the in
between-images, where the Unknown is
2) The Concepts
« Lost Paradise »
Man’s fall from paradise marks the beginning
of a space of dislocation, the fractured
space of multiple, changing locations,
tending towards singularity. The dislocation
of space leads to the questioning of the
limits of place. Man, left to his own
devices, is disorientated within his own
off-centre, relativised universe,
indifferent to his presence. He is
indecisive, fickle, the plaything of chance
and encounters. A melancholic feeling
accompanies the scant reality of the world,
and its silent, enigmatic presence.
« Lost Paradise » makes reference to this distance between Man and the world, this state of ill-defined melancholy provoked by a desire for infinity, for the abolition of limits - desire doomed to remain forever unsatisfied.
« Love Neutral »
A circular and off-centre construction, with an underlying principle of repetition-variation encompassing all of its audiovisual components. This movement displaces little by little the rules of representation. Figures, rather than characters. The figure is this form which draws near to and liberates itself from the notion of the character, which reduces presence to a borderline state, which destroys representation. The figure as nothing more than appearance, a mental projection. Faces, as strange apparitions, detached from the décor. Faces, as landscapes, are the realm of sensation. Voices, like separated spirits, are liberated from all psychological expression. « Love Neutral » : proposing of a world which is not the representation of reality, but rather its reflection.
« Who’s Marina Abramovic ? »
A fictional process. In the video, Marina Abramovic is a character with a continuously self-inventing and multiple identity. The video does not recreate performances, but produces new images of the artist. In this way all the images are original, whether inspired by actual performances or purely imaginary. Video creates its own reality. The character stands on the frontier, between the real and the imaginary. In this gap, this interval, Marina Abramovic appears in multiple guises. The video plays with representation, blurs both cinematic and artistic codes.
opening, the new book by Pierre Coulibeuf
fine arts unternehmen books
and Ambassade de France, Bureau du Cinéma, Bureau des Arts Plastiques, AFAA, will be officially presented.
cinematographer and visual artist. He is
elaborating a cross-disciplinary project
with cinema, photography, video and
installation art. He lives in Paris.
Selected exhibitions/festivals : 2006 - Deichtorhallen-Haus der Photographie, Hamburg (Germany) ; 2005 - 5th Bienniale of contemporary art of Mercosul (International Pavillion) Porto Alegre (Brazil) ; Itau Cultural, Sao Paulo (Brazil) ; Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo (Uruguay) ; Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland) ; Printemps de septembre, Toulouse (France) ; 11th Bienniale of Moving Image, Genève (Switzerland); Centre d’art du Domaine de Chamarande (France) ; Image Forum-Experimental Film & Video of Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Kanazawa (Japan).