Written in the sand

Video creation by Benoît Labourdette, 4’48s, 2014.
18 July 2014. Published by Benoît Labourdette.

Write, read, speak... but what ? And in what language ? I dont know... I listen without trying to understand.


What is writing ? Tracing symbols that refer to a language, with its two faces, the signifier (form) and the signified (the meaning). This is the intellectual vision of writing.

But if we begin to dream, to contemplate the world, then maybe there are writings in nature, perhaps the signs traced by human complement with his footprints, with traces of the wind and of the elements or animals in the area. Maybe everything is writing. But then writing what language ? On a universal sensitive language, perhaps, that will be heard differently by every being, human or not.

What hears a cat in front these letters written by man ? And what hears a man in front of the letters traced by the footprints of a cat in the sand ?


How do these scriptures, seen and experienced otherwise at a purely sensible level, can be spoken ? What words, other than inside, may emanate from these strange writings ? It is an exploration that is offered in this film.


While some references can feed the visit of this film, they are probing the side of sound poetry, including Bernard Heidsieck, Isidore Isou, François Dufrene, Brion Gysin.


Kaleidoscope offers a very “organic” vision. As a visual metaphor of cell division, it opens up a field of perceptions and emotions, far beyond the ornamental it might seem at first glance. This figure has always concerned me, I offer you cinematic explorations.