kinema- : motion (from gr. kínêma)
-tope : place (from gr. topos)
Kinematope is a site-specific installation developed for Nuit Blanche at the Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris. It takes place at a future train platform of the station, half kilometre long.
Kinematope is specific twice over. First, for being formulated as a response to the perceptual qualities and inner structure of the place it activates. Second, its kinematic nature is directly connected to the function of the train station itself: transit, transport, motion.
Kinematope uses ephemeral and intangible materials, projected light and sound, to set the space in motion. It makes use of elements from the cinema apparatus to generate a spatial film. It is a direct filmic experience that omits the mediation of the camera, transporting the observer into a virtual space-time and maintaining at the same time the real, physical bonds of the body with its environment.
This project has been possible thanks to Jose Manuel Gonçalves, Eva Albarran & co, Mairie de Paris, Gare de Austerlitz and Novelty. Thanks to Guillaume Benaich, Arnaud Bazenet, Guillaume …, Houcine Pradinaud, Marceau Gouret, Sylvie Pitet, Denis Julien, Audrey Turpin, Dariush Kowsar, Chloe Lopes, Yacine Ouagnouni, Nicholas Champion and all production, technical, mediation and security staff involved.