“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.
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 (...)
A film by Benoît Labourdette (3’59s, 2018).
Looking at our journey, floor by floor, is not so nostalgic; it is also to decipher it in order to better draw the continuation of the journey.
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 (2’41s, 2021).
The time of contemplation, undoubtedly necessary before an illumination, which will always come by surprise.
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 (...)
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. (...)
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. (...)
Video creation by Benoît Labourdette (2’16s, 2014).
Lights at night.
Collaborative film (3’04s, 2019).
Kinetic art experiments: drawings, cameras, projectors, human bodies, cameras, musical creations, and especially play and joy.
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 (4’06s, 2020).
Light is what gives existence.
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 (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.
A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’39s, 2014).
People emerged from the collective memory.
A film by Benoît Labourdette (5’12s, 2019).
Eat the animals or not? What if the animals speak for themselves?
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 (6’07s, 2017).
Plastic animals are talking to us.
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.
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 (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).
Un film de Benoît Labourdette (1’50s, 2018).
To cling to pillars planted in the water for centuries, to hope.
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 (...)
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 (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 (...)
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 (...)
Workshops for filmmaking with pocket cameras that I run through schools of art, cinema and other vocational training centers (Femis, Le Fresnoy, ESAV Toulouse, CEFPF,Imagine Institute Ouagadougou...). Appropriating very light production (...)
The “cultural rights”, which derive from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are a concept developed and defended by researchers, sociologists, philosophers, political leaders and actors of the cultural world. Present in a certain number of (...)