ALSO TO THE PROGRAM OF THE TWO EVENINGS

Cité du Livre, 8/10 rue des Allumettes, Aix-en-Provence, France

NICOLAS PROVOST RETROSPECTIVE

08:45 pm till 10:00 am . Salle Armand Lunel

IN THE PRESENCE OF NICOLAS PROVOST

Nicolas Provost is a Belgian artist who, over the past ten years, has tested every single genre of cinema, and remains completely unclassifiable today. After a period spent at the School of Fine arts in Gand he developed a passion for video art and cinema in Norway and Denmark where he worked as an illustrator and artistic director. He returned to Brussels in 1999 to produce films crossing experimental work with fiction, yet has never ceased to question his favourite subjects - identity (that of the stranger or foreigner) and cinema ( as a material and an aesthetic form) - which he continues to pull in all directions. Invited to the most prestigious festivals (Sundance, Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand), his films are all very musical and different (« Papillon d’amour » (Butterfly of love), a sign of love for Kurosawa to a piece by Köhn) and full of a sometimes political poetry ("Exoticore", « The Divers » and « Plot Point »). Nicolas Provost is currently preparing his first full-length fiction film «L’envahisseur » (The invader), the perfect opportunity for us to accompany his reflection on ten years of experimental work. (Photo : Suspension ©Nicolas Provost / Text : Benoît Hické / Translation : Caroline Newman).

The film selection : Induction (10‘, 2006) / Exoticore (27’, 2004) / I Hate This Town ! (2’, 2002) / Oh Dear (1’, 2004) / Plot Point (15’, 2007) / Gravity (6’, 2007) / Suspension (4’, 2007) / The Divers (7’, 2006) / Papillon d’amour (4’, 2003) / Bataille (7’, 2003).

Thanks to Katerina Tselou (Argos).

www.nicolasprovost.tk

BAKEMONO

11:00 pm till 11:35 pm . Square Guindon

K3MK COMPAGNY KARRY KAMAL KARRY

Undefinable Karry Kamal Karry interferes with the frontiers between genres, elaborates complex encounters between material, sound and the body in movement. In a world where we would like to be everywhere at once, a technological world that escapes our control and in which the virtual is gradually taking up more and more space, the body often seems threatened. Yet the body is central to the work of this young creator who offers us a form of « unlocking of the senses » through this fascinating artistic and aesthetic experience. (photo : Ralph Louzon / Text : Mathieu Vabre / Translation : Caroline Newman)

Design and choreography: Karry Kamal Karry
Dancer : Yoshifumi Wako
Film / video : Ralph Louzon
Set and lighting design : Karry Kamal Karry
Spatialization Mix (?) and Multi Diffusion: Nicolas Cante
Lighting : Xavier Guille
Production : K3MK Compagny
Coproduction : Théâtre du Lierre, Paris - Festival Dance Box, Osaka

PAUSE

08:00 pm till 02:00 am . Cour carrée

LYNN POOK & JULIEN CLAUSS . DE/FR . WORK OF SOUND AND FEELING . 2005

Unusual tactile and sound experience, Pause is made up of five hamacs linked together, where the spectator’s body becomes a resonating structure sculpted by continually evolving sound. By using 70 vibrating loudspeakers placed directly on the skin on different parts of the body, the sound transmitted combines touch and listening. Lying down with ear plugs, electronic sounds emerge, the body vibrates, vibrations gently caress the shoulders, hips, fingers and behind the knees, massaging and teasing the senses and ears. (Text by Mathieu Vabre / Translation : Caroline Newman)

Sound creation and design : Lynn Pook and Julien Clauss
Production : Dédale association, Ars Numerica.
This project received support from the Ministry of Culture, Ars Numérica, HFG-Karlsruhe and Kulturamt Karlsruhe.

www.lynnpook.de

LS/SL . LOCUS SONUS IN SECOND LIFE

08:30 pm till 02:00 am . Cour carrée

MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION . LOCUS SONUS . FR . 2008

In Second Life, the Locus Sonus Laboratory created a visual extension of the Cité du Livre in Aix-en-Provence for the Seconde Nature festival.

The idea is to use the virtual world in a network to experiment with synthetic acoustic spaces and the exchanges possible between the real world and the virtual world using sound as the main vector.

The avatars invited to go to “l’Ile Cultures digitales” in Second Life manipulate the sound objects available for them. The results of their actions are spatialized in the physical space in Aix whereas the atmosphere of sound of the site is streamed back into the virtual space.

http://nujus.net/ locussonus

AKOUSMAFLORE

08:30 pm till 02:00 am . Cour carrée

SCENOCOSME : GREGORY LASERRE & ANAIS MET DEN ANXCT . FR

Interactive and sensitive musical plants.

Scenocosme creates moments of encounters and exchanges, immerses the spectators in dreamy spaces through sensitive experiences with the body. Akousmaflore is a small garden made up of musical plants that react to our gestures and gentle contacts. Each plant is aroused by the slightest warm, human contact to produce its own language of sound. This plant language thus functions through touch. Our warm and electric aura, invisible to the naked eye affects the plants’ foliage and creates the experience of an environment that reacts to its very own existence. Thus when the spectators stroke or gently touch them they begin to sing. As they have become sensitive musical instruments, they offer us the possibility to compose a floral orchestration. (Photo : Akousmaflore ©Scenocosme / Text : Mathieu Vabre / Translation : Caroline Newman)

http://www.scenocosme.com

5ÈME SAISON

08:30 pm till 02:00 am . Cour carrée

MULTIMEDIA INSTALLATION . ARTS TERRES . FR . 2006/2007

In 2006 Arts-Terres initiated a project that sought to cross the different senses, attempting to explore new forms of mixed perception (visual, vibratory, tactile..). The group of artists working on this project thus revealed their desire to play on a precarious equilibrium, the demands made upon the body and in particular experimented on the senses in a direct and immediately accessible manner.

The central part of the installation is a platform floating on water and equiped with captors that detect its position. The changes in the angle of the platform caused by the presence of a visitor are interpreted by software and translated into light and vibration (vibrating platform, infra-bass and light projections onto the inner panels of the installation)

With Peter Sinclair (Sound artist, performer), Olivier Zol (Composer, performer), Cyrille C. de Laleu (Multi-media artist) and Laure Arnal (Multi-media artist working in the visual arts)

Translation by Caroline Newman

www.arts-terres.org

PERPETUAL ART MACHINE

08:30 pm till 06:00 am . Square Guindon

PAM . US . INSTALLATION . 2006

[PAM] Perpetual Art Machine was founded in New York in January 2006 by the artists Chris Borkowski, M. Aaron Miller, Raphaele Shirley and Lee Wells in collaboration with SCOPE.

Since its first installation at the Contemporary Art Show in New York in March 2006, the [PAM] has continued to develop via its Web site into a free and open community of over 900 artists from more than 50 countries and has at least 1000 pieces of video art on line.

Developed as a form of itinerate video installation, Perpetual Art Machine proposes a collection of some of the most exciting work produced by emerging artists that the public can then select from the database.

Text by Mathieu Vabre, Translation by Caroline Newman

www.perpetualartmachine.com

SPECIAL ISSUE #2 ARCHI & DESIGN

08:00 pm till 02:00 am

LE CUBE + TALENTS VIDEO SELECTION

This selection enables us to discover different artwork which all have in common the town, urbanism and design. The choice made depends above all on a curiosity that combines digital interventions (video mix/photo, 2D animation, 3D, etc.) and privileges, as is often the case at The Cube, the relationship between sound and image.

Ultimately here, the poetry of an instant, whether sombre or full of hope, questions the relationship between Man and his environment.

Choice made by Carine le Malet, event organizer at The Cube.

www.lesiteducube.com