Light

“Light” is a word of great richness, with a multiple and unsuspected history, very diverse according to cultures. It is as much philosophical (the Age of Enlightenment, for example) as it is very concrete (candles, lamps, openings...). It is also an optical phenomenon, as well as a contradictory physical phenomenon (light is both an electromagnetic wave and physical particles). Moreover, light is what gives life, it is the first source of energy of the terrestrial ecosystems.

Light is what makes us see, what makes it possible to make images, vision being in itself only an image-making process. It “prints” on sensitive surfaces, analog or digital, which allow us to reproduce it. And by the way, the Cinematograph was invented by the Lumière (Light) brothers, in 1895!

That’s how central light is, in all respects.

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A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’39s, 2014).

People emerged from the collective memory.

Film by Benoît Labourdette (3’34 s, 2016).

Reading of the last paragraphs of “’Remembrance of Things Past” by Marcel Proust. Links between literature, painting and movement.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (5’12s, 2019).

Eat the animals or not? What if the animals speak for themselves?

Series of photographs.The long obturation photographs at night with camera movements produce drawings, often very aesthetic visual universe, because of the continuity of the lines thus formed, which produce a visual “automatic” almost harmony. (...)

Contest 90 second films tell the story and the sensitivity of the city of Le Havre (France).“Movie Le Havre Association” of which I am a member, organized for the first year of a contest of 90 second films on the subject of the city of Le Havre. (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’28s, silent, 2020).

Mise en abyme of the presence of human bodies as abstractions, through time, techniques and cultures.

Cinema is a cross between a camera and the mechanics of a sewing machine, which helped capture on a long strip of film, a large number of photos one after the other. In this instance, since 1927, it is still 24 frames per second.These (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’54s, 2018).

Listening at the doors. A deeper, poetic and contemplative exercise than one might imagine at first glance.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (6’07s, 2017).

Plastic animals are talking to us.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (4’06s, 2020).

Light is what gives existence.

From the point of view of perception, a film is only an illusion formed by our brain from visual and auditory stimuli. Images seen can produce sounds and vice versa. Each person mentally constructs a different film from the same film seen. Thus (...)

Loop video by Benoît Labourdette (1’10s, 2013).

A simple Parisian sidewalk. We go, we go, in daily life. But are we sure we’ve been there at that time ? Do we remember our presence to the world and to others, in the everyday moments... that become extraordinary if we take a look on them. (...)

Revisit the principles of four-colour printing, with inks and ashes. Fifteen “numerical paintings”.Mechanical colour reproduction does not use the same primary colours as in painting. There are only three: Red, Green and Blue. On computer (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’41s, 2009).

Let’s imagine for a moment that this tree is a real tree...

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’06s, 1999-2019).

A contemplative journey through the energy of light, between nature and electronics.

Video capture of a collective creation directed by Benoît Labourdette. Played on March 26, 2016 at the CNSAD (15 minutes).

“Today, almost everyone takes the stage on digital networks, takes a presence in the gaze of others by self-portraits interposed. What about the place of our lives? What can the theater stage, representation, and poetic gesture put into motion in (...)

Collaborative film (3’04s, 2019).

Kinetic art experiments: drawings, cameras, projectors, human bodies, cameras, musical creations, and especially play and joy.

Video creation by Benoît Labourdette (2’16s, 2014).

Lights at night.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (8s, 2020).

Unveiling rich movie programming in 8 seconds.For television broadcasts, it was necessary to have a trailer version of only 8 seconds, for the 42nd edition of the Créteil Women’s International Film Festival.The idea co-constructed between (...)

Un film de Benoît Labourdette (1’50s, 2018).

To cling to pillars planted in the water for centuries, to hope.

Collective film (7’17s, 2019).

The vision, the hearing, the framing, the screens, the contemporary audiovisual practices... when it is the objects themselves that speak about it!

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’42s, 2019).

“When the eye, emerging from the darkness, suddenly sees a luminous object, it will seem much larger at first sight than in the long run.” Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks (optical).

What is an image ?To answer this question, the first question to ask is: Why do we see? How do we see? What do we see?Keeping it simple: at the bottom of our eye, there is a “sensitive area”, which sends information to the brain, which (...)

Scrivener is probably today the best software to write a script. Synthetic discovery of this tool. Why a specific software to write a screenplay?Why would we need specific software to write a script? Don’t we just need a pen or a word (...)

Film by Martine Stora and Benoît Labourdette (32’28s, 1995).

Meeting with André Malartre. The discovery of an inventor of theater.

Since 2011, I have been offering workshops for the production of animated films from paper cut, in various contexts, notably in media libraries, at the Maison des metallos, at the Forum des images, at the Museum of Man->Art636], at the Grand (...)

Film Contest fo 90-second films about Le Havre (France) city, in sequence shot, like the first Lumière films in 1895, to “Film sealife and port life of Le Havre, its businesses, its architecture, its light, film traces people’s stories of Sea, (...)

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