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A GEOMETRIC SPACE TO FILL UP

Video, HD 16:9, colour, sound, 10'47'', 2011
Commission for Alt+ 1000 festival, Rossinière, Switzerland, 2011




(EN)
At the end of his life, the painter Balthus used to live and work in a Swiss village called Rossinière. A Geometric Space to Fill Up questions on the politics of place and its topography. It is an observation on the village and the surroundings which have inspired the painter. It combines shots of farmed land and untouched scenery, with a voice-over narrating an Antonin Artaud's text about Balthus’ approach to painting.
"Well cinema is, or should be, the art of space. Even though a film exists only if that space is able to become time. But the basic work is space. As Mallarme said: “Nothing will take place, but the place." Jean-Marie Straub, www.lux.org.uk/blog/speaking-revolutions

(FR)
Un Espace Géométrique à Remplir est un regard posé sur le paysage Suisse alpin et plus particulièrement sur le village de Rossinière, lieu choisi par Balthus pour peindre pendant les dernières années de sa vie. Cette vidéo aborde elle aussi le temps à travers une réflexion sur l’influence de l’environnement sur le processus artistique et émet un commentaire sur la notion politique de la topographie.
"A l’esprit qui contemple la montagne pendant la durée des ages, elle apparaît flottante, aussi incertaine que l’ondée de la mer chassée par la tempête : c’est un flot, une vapeur ; quand elle aura disparue, ce ne sera plus qu’un rêve."
Elisée Reclus, Histoire d’une montagne
"Well cinema is, or should be, the art of space. Even though a film exists only if that space is able to become time. But the basic work is space. As Mallarme said: “Nothing will take place, but the place." Jean-Marie Straub, www.lux.org.uk/blog/speaking-revolutions

Screenings:
Cosmic Play/Neuromantics, Lubomirov-Angus Hughes, London UK
Alt. +1000 Festival, Rossinière CH
Even Ending, Toast, Manchester UK
51Zero Festival, Arts Lab, Chatham UK