How would be the biggest cities in the world if emptied of everything ? The two artists attempts to answer this strange and quite chaotic idea with erasing all forms of urban life (almost) in the cities we know as lively and crowded places. I repeat, almost. Indeed, there is on each picture few silhouettes in the vastness of the empty cities.
All the amazingness of this project is based on the presence of a few characters on the pictures because they remind us that these places are not fantastic, that they are not coming from a fiction movie, yeah, that would be too easy.
This makes us more think about places abandoned, where time is suspended. These pictures could have been taken 50 years ago, or 30 years later because each picture represents a symbolic place, most of the time with monuments which have been there for a long time. Thus, we do not really know what to think of these characters …
It’s oppressive, almost scary because we don’t even know what reality is. There is a strong confrontation between the real and unreal in this project. Are they the survivors of a post-apocalyptic event in which life would have be erased but cities but would have remained intact? Or maybe they are the ones who are responsible of this situation? Indeed, on the other hand it’s true that they look quite calm, they seem to know where they are going.
In any case, they represent all humanity. A topic that makes sense in a world’s situation where we wonder a lot about our world and about the future of humanity. The current ones are, as everyone knows, 2012 and its the possibly apocalyptic events to come which might lead to the end of our world.
At the end, Lucie and Simon created a disconcerting and thought provoking project but also a beautiful journey through the world.
Hi to all, I’m leaving for the week-end. Destination ? Galway.
Taking a breath of fresh air will do me good, and while talking about great air breath, I suggest you listen or re-listen Nuit sur les Champs-Elysees which is in my opinion the best song ever from Miles Davis.
He composed this song for the film Elevator to the gallows (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud), realized in 1958 by Louis Malle, who is a french director. What’s crazy is that the American jazz instrumentist has no written score before recording the song. Indeed, he just looked at the images of the movie which were scrolled in front of him and improvised the song while watching those scenes. He has played trumpet in a total improvisation, with as only inspiration the images he was watching. An incredible perfomance.
He crosses the range at full speed, a fury that gives a tragic atmosphere to the movie which would be, without Miles Davis’ compositions, a bit trite for my taste.
I don’t know what would be my life without Miles Davis’ music. I can’t wait to be in the bus to listen to him while I would be watching some beautiful Irish countryside passing over.
I have been living in Dublin for two months now and I must admit that although this experience of a life abroad is being awesome, I feel a bit homesick since a few days. Ahhhh la France. I’m actually dreaming of a good “baguette” with some good french cheese and a little glass of red wine. The all while seating in my favorite parisian café… Yes I know, it looks like I’m a living cliché of France !
Fortunately and once again, I just made a great discovery that will quickly resolve all my troubles and desires.
The Irish Film Institute is one of my favorite cultural venues in Dublin, and this is not surprising because we can find in this place a cinema but also a book shop and photo gallery. What could be better for me ? Well, A french festival of course !
The Embassy of France in Ireland and the Irish Film Institute are collaborating together and have created the French Film Festival, and it starts in two days! Okay, I have missed the boat several times because it’s already the 13th edition but it’s better to be informed two days before the festival of this year rather than never, right? Especially when we know this edition is going to be a huge one.
Indeed, the main theme of the festival seems to be “the many facets of love”, very interesting topic ! And the line-up announces a few gems of French cinema such as Catherine Deneuve, Valérie Donzelli or Abdellatif Kechiche but the one whom I am the most enthusiastic is Christophe Honoré who is an incredible director. Making Plans For Lena (Non ma fille, tu n’iras pas dancer) is the movie the IFI has chosen to show and it’s a film I’ve seen in France and would like to re-watch as it’s a very good one.
The IFI Café Bar will also be transforming for the 10 days of the Festival and guess what ? They will propose French cheese with a “charcuterie” board and a bottle of French wine.
I don’t know if I’m dreaming but my taste buds are already on fire.