FIL­MING MU­SIC!

L'officiel Art - - Summer Guide -

MA­THIEU CO­PE­LAND AND PHI­LIPPE DECRAUZAT ARE PART­NERS IN CRIME ONCE AGAIN. THIS TIME IT’S ON THE OC­CA­SION OF “A PER­SO­NAL SO­NIC GEO­LO­GY”, AN EX­HI­BI­TION AT LE PLA­TEAU IN PA­RIS, IN WHICH THEY ARE SHO­WING THE FILMS THEY HAVE REALISED TO­GE­THER SINCE 2012, STEMMING FROM A DE­SIRE TO FILM SOUND, RE­CORD PLACES, AND DIVE IN­TO THE PRO­CESS OF A MA­TE­RIAL CONSTRUC­TION AND DES­TRUC­TION...

L’OF­FI­CIEL ART: The ex­hi­bi­tion “A Per­so­nal So­nic Geo­lo­gy” ga­thers to­ge­ther the films realised by your­self Ma­thieu Co­pe­land and Phi­lippe Decrauzat since 2012. Could you tell us more about these works? MA­THIEU CO­PE­LAND: This se­ries be­gan with a sha­red de­sire for us to film mu­sic. More pre­ci­se­ly, to rea­lise por­traits of mu­si­cians as they rea­lise the sound­track for that film to be, films that are la­ter su­per­im­po­sed with por­traits of land­scapes. First­ly with Alan Licht, F.M. Ein­heit, Ul­rich Krie­ger and El­len Full­man, these ques­tions gra­dual­ly evol­ved with us as­king our­selves a si­mi­lar ques­tion – how to do por­traits of works of art by the likes of Gus­tav Metz­ger, Pe­ter Hal­ley, and John Arm­le­der. Nei­ther a do­cu­men­ta­ry, a work of art nor the ap­pro­pria­tion of the fil­med works, these films are pro­jec­ted one at a time throu­ghout the spaces of the art centre. These films are seen through the prism of the co­lou­red mo­no­chrome pain­tings on­to which these are pro­jec­ted – mo­no­chromes that are chan­ged throu­ghout the course of the ex­hi­bi­tion, thus of­fe­ring an ever evol­ving ex­hi­bi­tion: an ex­hi­bi­tion with no ob­ject but their pro­jec­tion – ways of seeing mu­sic, works of art, or again, land­scapes.

This pro­gramme has been the sub­ject of a se­ries of ma­ni­fes­tos drawn up by guest ar­tists. How do these ma­ni­fes­tos fit in the ex­hi­bi­tion?

Since 2011, we have been in­vi­ting ar­tists, mu­si­cians, film­ma­kers, phi­lo­so­phers… to write ma­ni­fes­tos. A dense – if mo­der­nist – form! Each writes a ma­ni­fes­to that ranges in length from one line to a pa­ra­graph. These are then laid-out by the prin­ters them­selves (no de­si­gn!) and prin­ted on a Hei­del­berg press in Mar­ra­kech. Gi­ven away du­ring the ex­hi­bi­tions, these ma­ni­fes­tos give the title to the events and ex­hi­bi­tions, and the photographs of the ma­king of these be­come the vi­suals used for all com­mu­ni­ca­tion ma­te­rial nee­ded for the ex­hi­bi­tion. The ma­ni­fes­to for the first event was writ­ten by Phill Ni­block, fol­lo­wed by those of Mar­cia Ha­fif, Dan Walsh, Ben Van Me­ter, Guy Mel­den, and Su­san Sten­ger whose “A Per­so­nal So­nic Geo­lo­gy” ins­pi­red the title to the cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion.

You were both in­vi­ted to create a pro­gramme of events and ex­hi­bi­tions at le Pla­teau from March 2014. Can you tell us about this 18-month long col­la­bo­ra­tion?

This ex­ten­ded in­vi­ta­tion has en­abled us to fur­ther and to ques­tion the pos­si­bi­li­ty of pro­duc­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion-ma­king. The contem­po­ra­ry art centre is a space to fos­ter know­ledge and ques­tion the form thus realised. It is a place to pro­duce new films with the likes of Ly­dia Lunch, Gilles Fürt­wan­gler, Fritz Hau­ser, Tom John­son, Mor­gan Fi­sher… It al­so en­ables us to en­vi­sage a se­ries of ex­hi­bi­tions whose com­ple­men­ta­ri­ty pro­poses in time the rea­li­sa­tion of an ob­ject to be seen, to be fil­med, and to be pro­jec­ted – an all-en­com­pas­sing ex­pe­rience of the rea­li­sa­tion of a work of art so­me­how. “SINCE 2011, WE HAVE BEEN IN­VI­TING AR­TISTS, MU­SI­CIANS, FILM­MA­KERS, PHI­LO­SO­PHERS... TO WRITE MA­NI­FES­TOS.”

“A Per­so­nal So­nic Geo­lo­gy”, 13 May – 26 Ju­ly, Le pla­teau, 22, rue des Alouettes, Pa­ris 19, T +33 (0)1 76 21 13 41 www.fra­ci­le­de­france.com

Ma­thieu Co­pe­land, “A Per­so­nal So­nic Geo­lo­gy”.

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