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8 May 2023. Published by Benoît Labourdette.
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Benoît Labourdette is a filmmaker, educator, researcher and consultant in cultural innovation and digital strategies. He is also a multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur.

He works in six fields, around the issues of creativity, democracy, youth, digital and new uses:

  1. Creation: multidisciplinary artist, author, filmmaker and producer.
  2. Accompaniment of cultural policies: consultations for communities, institutions and companies, on methods of cooperation and work, digital tools, cultural innovation, participation, youth, cultural democracy.
  3. Innovative educational, artistic and cultural actions: design and animation of projects for the public, attractive, innovative, using digital tools and centered around creativity (writing, drawing, painting, photography, video, music, live performance ...).
  4. Pedagogy: professional training in innovative pedagogies, new media, image education, cultural rights and cultural policy issues.
  5. Technology: expertise in technological and strategic innovations for the audiovisual, performing arts, cultural and social sectors. Implementation of collaborative web platforms, digital cooperation tools, video platforms, databases, digital heritage strategies.
  6. Cultural engineering: creation of festivals, cultural events, workshops, participative and transmedia territorial projects.
  7. Action research: ethnomethodological and philosophical approach, innovation, independence and critical thinking, action thinking and research publication.

Synthetic biography

Benoît Labourdette is a filmmaker, educator, researcher and consultant in cultural innovation and digital strategies. He is also a multidisciplinary artist and entrepreneur. He founded among others the “Pocket Films Festival” with the Forum des images in 2005, the “Short Film Festival” with the CNC in 2011 and the collaborative project “Par ma fenêtre” during the Covid-19 crisis. He produces, writes and directs fictions, documentaries, experimental and participative works and institutional films in innovative formats. His creative approach is multidisciplinary, he also works in the fields of painting, theater, opera, photography, architecture and music. He accompanies companies, institutions and communities in their strategies of cultural and social innovation, with the support of new technologies and new uses, in the perspective of cultural rights. It shares numerous resources on his website www.benoitlabourdette.com.

Timeline

  • Benoît Labourdette was born in 1970.
  • He founded, among others, the Court Bouillon screenings (1988-1997), the video production center of the University of Paris 3 (1991-), the video platform “Par ma fenêtre” (2020-) and the company Benoît Labourdette production (2016-).
  • He co-founded the company Quidam production (1999-2013), the Pocket Films Festival (2005-2013) with the Forum des images, the National Short Film Festival (2011-) with the CNC.
  • In 2018 he was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques by the Ministry of National Education.

Creation

Multidisciplinary artist, author, filmmaker and producer, Benoît Labourdette, Benoît Labourdette writes and produces feature films, documentaries, experimental and participatory works. He often works at the intersection of broadcast and live performance. He collaborate artistically with creators from various backgrounds. Painting, theater, opera, photography, architecture, music, film... Richard Texier, Pippo Delbono, Nicolas Frize, Macha Makeïeff, Alain Fleischer, Louise Moaty, Jean-Philippe Poirée-Ville, Myriam Drosne, Olivier Mellano, Benloÿ, Joseph Morder...

He explores the creative potential and renewal of the scriptures with new creative tools : mobile phones, drones, cameras, virtual reality...

In addition to the audiovisual sector, he also covers the fields of musical composition, painting, live performance and literary writing.

His works and approaches are welcomed in places for cinema and art in France and internationnaly. Forum des images, Popular House Montreuil, La Veranda St. Jean de Braye, lux national scene in Valencia, Ma Scène nationale Montbeliard, French Institutes and French alliances (Spain, Algeria, Tunisia, Canada)... as well as at international cinema festivals (Festival of New Cinema Montreal, SESIFF Seoul, Film festival of Pesaro, International film Festival of Rio de Janeiro, Digifest Toronto...).

Summarized filmography

Accompaniment of cultural policies

Benoît Labourdette leads consultations for local authorities, institutions and companies, on cooperation and work methods, digital tools, cultural innovation, participation, youth, cultural democracy. He collaborates with the Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles, the city of Les Lilas, MPAA Paris, Nantes metropole, the department of Isère, etc.

Three examples:

Innovative educational, artistic and cultural actions

Benoît Labourdette designs and leads projects for the public, attractive, innovative, using digital tools and centered around creativity (writing, drawing, painting, photography, video, music, live performance...). He works with museums, movie theaters, theater networks, live performance venues, social action structures (Musée de l’Homme, Musée de la Grande Guerre, MacVal, City of Les Lilas, Passeurs d’images network, ALCA Aquitaine, French Institutes network, City of Charleville-Mézières, CCAS-EDF, Créteil Women’s Film Festival, Forum des images, Ateliers Canopé, etc.)

Three examples:

Professional training and pedagogy

Benoît Labourdette designs and directs professional training courses on innovative pedagogies, new media, image education, cultural rights and the challenges of cultural policies, especially for youth, for the Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles, the CNFPT, the INA and actors in the cultural and social field, for example the innovative training “Culture, youth and digital” (OPC).

He also teaches audiovisual creation, digital writing and the rise in skills in the new realities of technologies and uses, in several universities (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Artois, Montpellier), national schools (Fémis, ENSAV, Fresnoy Studio National, École des Beaux Arts de Paris) and professional training centers and institutions (Institute for photography, CEFPF, Arte, TV5 Monde, CFI, as well as audiovisual production and distribution companies and cinema networks).

He regularly gives conferences on digital issues, image education, cinema, photography, new media, drones, virtual reality, cultural rights, pedagogy... (Gaîté Lyrique, Rencontres d’Arles, Rencontres Passeurs d’Images, Le Fresnoy, Digifest, colloquia...). He founded with the psychoanalyst Serge Tisseron the training and support system “Pocket Films Empathy”.

Digital and audiovisual technologies

Benoît Labourdette is an expert in technological and strategic innovations for the audiovisual, performing arts, cultural and social sectors. He sets up collaborative web platforms, digital tools for cooperation, video platforms, databases, digital heritage strategies.

It sets up projects of video edition, web development, VOD, transmedia, and accompanies structures in their digital development (ACID, Périphérie, Forum des images, Documentaire sur Grand écran, Cinémas 93, Ciné-Tamaris, Drôle de Trame...).

Cultural and digital engineering

Benoît Labourdette creates festivals, cultural events, workshops, participative and transmedia territorial projects.

He founded and directed the Festival Pocket Films (2005-2010) with the Forum des images (Paris), as well as the Festival Caméras Mobiles (2011-2013) with lux scène nationale de Valence. He co-founded in 2011 for the CNC the national operation The shortest day.

He accompanies communities in the implementation of citizen, participative, creative and image education projects with digital tools (Marathon cinéma - Agglomeration of Evry, Imediacinema - Vitrolles, etc.). He leads work teams of all sizes in various contexts.

Action-Research

Benoît Labourdette conducts research in an ethnomethodological and philosophical approach, of innovation, independence and critical spirit, for a thought of action. He publishes about his research.

Innovation is at the heart of Benoît Labourdette’s approach. It is a requirement of the meaning of projects, whether they are cultural, artistic, social or technical. It is a question of working in a real opening to the problems of the contemporary world, as much social as psychological, ecological, feminist, political in the deepest sense of the term. This is done through research in pedagogy, cultural mediation, and art philosophy, always combined with field experiences.

Some examples of research projects: “Education to images 2.1” (with Passeurs d’images Île-de-France, 2017-2022), regular participation in conferences and university publications (University of Paris 3, École Louis Lumière, University Paul Valéry Montpellier...), animation of her own private research laboratory (experiments in artistic innovation, workshops of co-creation of concepts and methodologies...).

Publications

Benoît Labourdette regularly publishes articles, notably for the journal Esprit, the journal Nectart, the journal of the Observatoire des Politiques Culturelles, Art Press or the magazine Médiathèmes. In 2008, he published “Shoot a movie with your cell phone” (Editions Dixit), in 2015 “Image Education 2.0” (Editions de l’ACAP Pôle Image Picardie), in 2022 the graphic poetry book, “Calligrams” (BLP, 2022) and the essay « Notes on the moving image » (BLP, 2022). In 2015, he inaugurated the “MOOC Digital Media” of the city of Paris. He is one of the contributors of the collective works “Mobile phone and creation” (Editions Armand Colin - Research, 2014) and « Making culture - From fathers to peers » (Presses universitaires de Grenoble, 2021).

Training route

Benoît Labourdette was trained in human sciences and cinema at Paris 3 University (Master 2 level). He is trained at the psychoanalytic clinic. In addition to his expertise in digital and audiovisual techniques, databases and creative techniques, he has developed expertise in new pedagogies and organizational management methods.

Contact

benoit benoitlabourdette.com / 06 80 03 19 83


(Photographs by Boris Lehman and Benloÿ, 2015)

I have always had a multidisciplinary way of working between artistic creation, diffusion and cultural engineering, management, pedagogy, technology. These different fields interact, complement each other, feed and are in my background very close. Innovation is my guiding thread.

Email: benoit benoitlabourdette.com
Tel (France): 06 80 03 19 83


Benoît Labourdette production company (SASU with capital of 46 800€ - SIRET: 818 146 128 00017 R.C.S. PARIS - Code NAF 5911C) is an agile working tool, enabling me to build creative, technical, educational and consulting services and partnerships. My approach is innovative, human and concrete, in the fields of digital, audiovisual, culture and training. I put together teams of experts specifically for each project, with a broad spectrum of expertise myself.