a film-maker alchemist


Gaëlle Rouard, a film-maker alchemist specialising in the precipitation of silver on film, shows her films manipulating the two 16mm projectors live. Gaëlle Rouard acts directly on the projection of the film, slowing down the flow of the film and bringing the shutter into play, using the sound button and numerous other things which are not seen in performance. These minute actions suggest that the work is as precise as that of a musician who knows how to place a given note at a given time: here it is the particular image of the projector illuminated at a particular time, that creates the effect of a visual score that must have been rehearsed many times and is a source of admiration for so much hard work. The speed of touch causes reflections and it models, by intrigue, the infinitude of minute perceptions in combinations that are always unstable. The film proceeds following the irregularities and the dissonances of forces and lights; the image works amid illumination and disappearance, and in switching on the light, the graininess of the image assumes a marked significance, so that the lines of a face and those of a cloud have never been so close in nature. Manipulation rather than editing, double projection rather than superimposition reveal a poetics of gesture on a material as uncertain and fragile as film. (http://expcinema.com)

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