Only Richard

Installation and film, 2018
Video (1:2.35 format, color, stereo sound, 1h40, loop), sound projection, dance floor, robotic arm, computer and program, wood, canvas, aluminum, 600 x 600 x 215 cm

The installation Only Richard is adapted from Richard II by William Shakespeare, who describes a king whose conviction to escape the laws of reality by his divine nature leads him to destitution and death. Richard here takes the form of a large robotic arm which dialogues on a set with a film including all the other characters – at the same time as he manipulates it: frame, blur, speed… Richard’s voice is interpreted by actress Emmanuelle Lafon.

The film was shot in a garden and a forest, with three actors and ten amateurs, mostly women. They face a subjective camera that is like Richard’s eye – replayed in the installation by the robot’s gestures. A confrontation then unfolds between the power and the people, the machine and the living, the divine and the profane. The project address multiple questions about power, technique and politics, gender, presence and absence in the world.

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Credits

Translation: François-Victor Hugo (1872). Adaptation and direction of play Thierry Fournier and Jean-François Robardet. Performers: Emmanuelle Lafon (Richard’s voice), Pierre Carniaux, Eloïse Chabbal, Aurélie Claude, Charles Gonin, Mathieu Guigue, Sophie Jaskierowicz, Marianne Kaldi, Emilie Legret, Alexia Mérel, Claire Moindrot, Judith Morisseau, Tram Ahn Ngô, Sandrine Nicolas. Installation’s design with Jean-Baptiste Droulers, in dialogue with the Fresnoy, programming Etienne Landon and Mathieu Chamagne, sound editing and mixing with Marie Léon. Film production (2008-2009): Pandore Production, Ensad Nancy (Electroshop research and creation workshop), with the support of the Lorraine Region, the Chartreuse-CNES and the Dicréam / CNC. Production of the installation (2018) : Le Fresnoy – National Studio for Contemporary Arts.

Acknowledgements

L’Arcal Lyrique, Julien Arnaud, Avant-Rue Friche Théâtre, Franck Bauchard, Jean-François Chiama, Grégory Diguet and Bipolar, l’Ensemble Atopique, Juliette Fontaine, Antonio Guzman, Mains d’Œuvres, Florence March, Daniel Migairou, Giuseppe Molino, Frédérique Payn, Olga Pitarch, Benoît Résillot, Jean-François Robardet, le Studio-Théâtre de Vitry, Alain Fleischer, Eric Prigent and the whole Fresnoy team.

Dépli

installation, 2013

Installation, 2013
In dialog with the movie Last Room by Pierre Carniaux

Artist Thierry Fournier teamed up with director Pierre Carniaux to create together a diptych, composed of the interactive artwork on iPad Dépli and the film Last Room, both based on the same footage in Japan. The project proposes a new form of cinematographic writing that engages the viewer’s gaze, status and practice.

The film Last Room combines stories shot in hotel rooms with a collective history surrounding the abandoned island of Gunkanijima. It deals with the relationship between the collective and the intimate, the spoken word and the landscape.

Dépli enables viewers to navigate through the film’s shots and space-time, using a tactile interface. A “playable” cinema, in which the viewer reclaims, through his gestures, part of the cinematographic writing. Developed on iPad, Dépli can be experienced individually at home or collectively, in an exhibition context or in a movie theater – after or before the film. The film’s space-time is treated as a seamless on-going matter in which the spectator navigates, through a tactile interface that involves him physically. This navigation can be felt as the path of a body and a gaze : moving within temporality, sliding or mixing from one shot to another, playing variations of the shot’s speed… Using an interface on tablet, Dépli can be showed and played in movie theaters, exhibitions or at home.

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Publications and prizes

In March 2013, Shellac and Pandore have published a collector box
In 2013, Shellac et Pandore Édition published trilingual special box Last Room / Dépli including the film DVD, the Dépli iPad application and a critical book dedicated to the project, with texts by Philippe Avril, Nicolas Feodoroff, Jean-Pierre Rehm, Anne-Lou Vicente, Pierre Carniaux and Thierry Fournier.

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Last Room / Dépli was selected by Hors Pistes Festival (Centre Pompidou, Paris), ZKM Karksruhe within the “10 best art apps” competition and exhibition in 2013. It received the “special jury prize for interactive cinema” at Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montréal Canada) in 2013. See also special issue of Archée online art magazine dedicated to the project.

Programing Olivier Guillerminet and Jonathan Tanant. Production: Lux scène nationale de Valence – Pandore – DICRéAM – Scène nationale d’Evreux Louviers.

Sweetest Love

film music, 2002

Musical piece (3 male voices and electronics), 2002
Composed for the feature film Ce qu’ils imaginent by Anne Théron

Sweetest Love has been composed on three poems by John Donne, the 16th-17th century poet and philosopher, a contemporary of Shakespeare (Song, Women’s constancy, A fever). Written for three male voices (tenor, baritone, bass) and real time electronics, the piece alternates solos and trios, with a cappella and electronic sections. It explores the most fragile register for each voice, while every section is written in the same tessitura for the three singers. This required a very special care and work on tonality for the singers. The electronics are mostly based on pulsations and oscillations. The electronic relation with the voices becomes principally organic, evoking both solitude and the constant presence of the body.

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Sweetest Love has been composed for the feature film Ce qu’ils imaginent, by Anne Théron with Marie Trintignant, Marc Barbé, Aurélien Wik, Anne Cantineau, Julie Gayet. Performers: Jean-François Chiama (tenor), Jean-Christophe Jacques (baryton), Jean-Loup Pagésy (basse), Thierry Fournier (electronics).