GRAND PALAIS deuxmilledix
première: Cité Internationale des Arts - Paris - 12/04/11
shows: OFFoff Gent, Belgium - 19/05/11
TAZ Ostend, Belgium - 06/08/14
HDvideo - Sound - Color
film: Luc Gobyn (B)
music electronic: Luke Aaron Clark (GB) & Ravi Vaid (CH)
HDvideo - sound - color & B&W
produced by Piningobini
Flemish Community - Art & Heritage
Cité Internationale des Arts - Paris - France
‘GRAND PALAIS deuxmilledix’ is an experimental film exploring the relationship between architecture and movement. The audio-visual production takes the viewer into the contours of the metal structure of the Grand Palais, Paris. The construction becomes the frame of the picture. Into the image appear silhouettes of fencers. The movements are slow and methodical and the contests are fast, concentrated and powerful. Viewers uncover a site where the material qualities of architecture compliment and coexist with a measured and precise discipline. Through this eminent Fencing World Championship, secrets, mysteries and liturgy are discovered. Here lies the ‘Champions du Monde’.
Composers Luke Aaron Clark and Ravi Vaid provide a live musical accompaniment, bathing the film in a unique mixture of electronic and acoustic textures.
Unrehearsed, the two Composers create an exclusive ‘one-time’ live performance. The hums, colours and vibrations generated, create a fresh palette of sound, transforming the film with each viewing.
This is an elegant and apt performance, a combination of artistic images from the fencing 2010 world championship, and a live musical performance from two emerging composers. We hope this dynamic event would help to bring viewers a fresh perspective of fencing and in turn, encourage new participants for the future.
This special collaboration was founded by three artists, each originating from a different country, who met each other whilst undertaking a residency programme at Cité International des Arts, Paris during the Fencing World Championship in 2010.