Experimental cinema

The Cinematograph (recording of animated photographic images then large projection, using the same camera) was invented in 1895 by the Lumière Brothers. It is in itself a technical experiment. But this technology was very quickly used mainly to “tell stories”, following the example of the novel or classical theatre. This is what we can call “academic cinema”.

Literature is not only made up of novels, but also of poetry, which is often not narrative. Poetry experiments with sensations by working on the language itself, taking liberties with all the codes, while also being highly codified (the verses, the feet...). Poetry explores both sensitive and formal avenues, far from the rules established for narrative novels. And yet the two are mutually enriching: novelists can play with language, and poets can tell stories.

Experimental film has the same function for cinema as poetry has for literature. Experimental cinema explores, far from codes, the very matter of its essence. It invents, takes risks, exists outside the commercial market, in complete freedom. But experimental cinema is also indispensable to academic cinema, because it allows it to renew itself. As Jean-Luc Godard used to say, “The margin is what holds the pages together.”

Experimental cinema has also built its “identity”, its own history (based on the avant-gardes of the 1920s), its traditions, its criteria, its professional milieu. This museum approach is essential for the history of the arts, but also carries within it its own contradiction, which is quite normal. There is thus the risk of freezing experimental cinema in certain criteria, which is antinomic with its very nature. Thus, today, truly experimental cinema is undoubtedly the one that is not yet named as such.

Links on Experimental Cinema

This list is not exhaustive, it is a first track.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (4’47s, 2016).

Facing our child, real or imagined.

A film by Benoît Labourdette (7’05s, 2015).

The bankruptcy of a movie theater, and the words that accompany indifference.

Video-vegetal installation.Into the International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur Loire, the landscape architect Jean-Philippe Poirée-Ville has created a vegetable sculpture, in a basement, as a large liana levitating in the dark. I worked on (...)

Personal exhibition of recent video works.La Veranda, an exhibition place for young digital creation in the Centre region of France (a structure of the association Plan libre créations) proposes a solo exhibition of my recent video work, 18 and (...)

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

People sitting, working in a small office, with the background the street behind the window. The superposition of four times by subtracting the pixels can give, if you look at a single character, an opening on the “depth” of the person, thus (...)

At the launch party at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris) of the second edition of “The shortest day”, the international short film day organized by the National Center of Cinema release of the film H Building in the experimental (...)

Screening of the feature film “Fatigue” by Benoît Labourdette (1:03, 2000).The Forum des Images proposed in March 2013, in the series “Cinema City”, a beautiful theme “Experimental Paris”, with films of Chris Marker, Jean-Luc Godard, Philippe Garrel, (...)

The daily Ouest France published an article on « Kaleidoscope show » at Les Sables d’Olonne (France), January 15, 2015.http://www.ouest-france.fr/faire-vi... ArticleMake live movies outside the walsSmall lantern association organized Friday (...)

Screening of « Staff room », a film by Benoît Labourdette (2’10, 2012).“Kino”, organized by Christophe Gauthier in Gap (association “The Cat in the teapot”) proposed its first edition, november 30, (...)

ACID is an association of filmmakers who, since 1992, supports the cinema distribution of independent films, and organizes a selection in Cannes film festival. Filmmakers who are committed to other filmmakers.I accompanied and managed the (...)

Interview with Benoît Labourdette about self-portrait, in “Lightnings”, the Digital Magazine of Écla (avril 2016).Link to the article on the website of the lightnings Journal : http://eclairs.aquitaine.fr/se-mett... “Get naked” (interview with (...)

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 (...)

What is a “documentary” ? A singular look on the world, on reality. Any film, any work, offers a vision of the world, whether through fiction or not. Moreover, some documentaries include fiction, and vice versa. So why differentiate these two (...)

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