2008 Photographies Le métro reloaded Karl Lemieux Exercices d'animation Georges Didi-Huberman Agamben Op Hop 2007 Double négatif Festival du nouveau Cinéma New York Casa Obscura installation vidéo Muto Basmati Beirut Solo la mano... Buenos Aires Nathalie Sarraute Fantômes Blu Rivière au Tonnerre Seule la main... Triptyque 49 Flies Henri Meschonnic Halifax The Subway NFB Praha-Florenc Perugia Variations sur deux photographies de Tina Modotti Jean Detheux René Lussier Tropismes Chloé Rodrigue Jean Toi la Mordore René Jodoin Victoriaville Filature O Picasso - tableaux d'une surexposition FNC Place Carnot Duplicity Robert Marcel Lepage Free Radicals improvisation Special Forces documentaire Herqueville UC Davis Fred Frith Mingan Pierre Juneau Éblouissement d'Icare Max cycles décallés San Francisco Lieux et monuments «49 Flies» Jitter Berlin Living Cinema L'expression instrumentale André Martin dessins Songs and Dances from the Inanimate World Home gravure sur pellicule en direct Len Lye Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois O Picasso John Cage

Saturday 14 March 2009

Nouveaux textes en ligne

Il y a longtemps que je n’ai pas écrit ici. En fait j’ai beaucoup écrit et travaillé sur des textes beaucoup plus longs que des entrées de blog. Dans ce travail de longue haleine, j’arrive non pas à la fin, loin de là, mais certainement à une étape. Il y a quelques jours, j’ai mis en ligne deux nouveaux textes assez longs que j’ai écrits depuis ma relecture des écrits d’André Martin en juillet dernier. On les trouve ici. Le plus important est un texte commencé pendant la tournée européenne que j’ai faite entre le 20 janvier et le 8 février et que j’ai continué lors de mon retour ici. Il s’agit de L’idée de l’animation et l’expression instrumentale. C’est une sorte de manifeste.

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Saturday 1 November 2008

Documentaire

Hier après midi, j'ai participé à une rencontre pour la préparation d'un atelier sur le thème animation et documentaire qui se tiendra le 14 novembre dans le cadre des Rencontres internationalles du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM). Il y avait là André Paquet du RIDM, Marcel Jean qui animera l'atelier, Lucie Lambert, Serge Giguère, Martine Chartrand et moi-même. La rencontre a été amicale et fort intéressante. Les discussions que nous avons eus m'ont beaucoup aidé à terminer un texte sur lequel je peinais depuis longtemps pour présenter le projet d'atelier (5 jours celui-là) que je vais donner à l'Atelier Graphoui à la fin du mois de janvier prochain. On ne me demandait pas grand chose, mais je me compliquais la vie et je m'étais embarqué dans quelque chose de trop ambitieux pour les circonstances. Bref le texte est terminé et envoyé. (Lisez le texte)

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Saturday 19 April 2008

Buenos Aires, 19/04/08

Mardi 15-04-08 Samedi, le cycle de projection de mes films a recommencé, cette au centre du festival, dans les salles du centre Abasto. J’étais assez impressionné, la salle était pleine (200 personnes ?) pour voir mes films abstraits des années 60, un public de jeunes complètement attentifs. La moitié sont restés pour poser des questions et une fois encore c’était passionnant et ça aurait pu continuer longtemps. Cela s’est poursuivi et hier je commençais à être un peu épuisé de m’entendre parler de mes films. Heureusement, les auditeurs ne semblaient pas être lassés. Aujourd’hui, il y a relâche, c’est la journée de la performance.

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Friday 11 April 2008

Quatrième jour à Buenos Aires

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Bob a son billet d’avion. Il arrive lundi matin suite à un voyage qui durera au total 24 heures. C’est débile mais il n’y a pas moyen de faire autrement, il semble (San Francisco – Miami, 6 heures d’attente, puis Miami-Buenos Aires). Pendant toute la journée hier, je me suis habitué à l’idée de faire Special forces en solo. J’ai finalement eu l’information tard hier soir et j’ai été três soulagé.

Hier j’avais deux programmes à présenter, toujours au Musée MALBA. C’est un peu excentrique et ça limite certainement l’importance des auditoires. Mais le petit carré de mes «admirateurs» fidèles étaient là, ce qui rend la chose plutôt agréable. À partir de samedi, les projections sont reprises Je suis finalement un peu déçu de ne pas avoir le temps de vraiment voir des films.

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Saturday 29 March 2008

Back from New York

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Je suis rentré de New York hier soir. Bob et moi avons présenté Special Forces à Roulette jeudi soir. Une présentation de Harvestworks Inside. Ça a marché magnifiquement, de loin la meileure version de la performance à date. J'étais parrticulièrement touché de me produire à Roulette qui est une sorte d'endroit mythique pour moi, où je n'étais jamais allé mais dont j'avais beaucoup entendu parler. Ce fut une semaine importante. Harvestworks nous a fourni un local pendant deux jours pour que nous puissions répéter.

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Tuesday 26 June 2007

June 26, 2007, St-Bernard

My site was finally put on line last night. Up to now there was only a static version of it with just a curiculum vitae that I could not edit myself. I wrote a blog that remained unpublished while I was in Lebanon in March and April. This travel was special enough to find the energy to write about what was going on. But when I was back home, it seemed pointless to continue writing for an unpublished blog. Now is the day where it really starts. I should first briefly summarize what happened since the last entry. The following event was the performance at the San Francisco International Film Festival. This was quite important because it was the first major film festival that booked us and also because we were planed to perform in the SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) auditorium which is a prestigious venue. Of course we hope that other film festivals and other museum of modern art will book us.

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Sunday 15 April 2007

2007-04-15 St-Bernard

More than a week since I am back from Beirut. Last Monday, I prepared everything for redoing the performance in my studio and record it. I ran again into my video input problem and could not, as I have hoped, reproduce at least the settings I could get when I rehearsed at Masen’s the previous Monday. Things had gotten worse. I did the rehearsal but the result was very depressing. I sent a S.O.S. to Bob for any idea about how to approach the problem which absolutely had to be solved before the S.F. performance on May 4.

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Thursday 5 April 2007

2007-04-05 16H:00 Paris

Wonderful day in Paris, sunny, just cool enough to allow strolling around without sweating. I spent the day doing my usual bookstores itinerary, from the FNAC at Les Halles to the left bank Librairie Compagny, and La Hune and L’écume des pages at St-Germain-des-prés, with a coffee or a «demi» here and there on the way. My bag is now heavy with books.

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Monday 2 April 2007

2007-04-02 20H:30 Beirut

I got the music through the Internet last evening. Today, I made two complete rehearsals successfully.

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Sunday 1 April 2007

2007-04-01 9H:00 Beirut

My work at the university is finished. I will see the students again for a short period on Monday afternoon to see the final result of their work and give them DVD’s with what they did and my performance.

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Thursday 29 March 2007

2007-03-29 13H:30 Beirut

A totally unexpected news this morning: yesterday, Bob spent the entire day in the passport office and finally got a passport.

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2007-03-29 9H:45 Beirut

Yesterday, the practical exercises with the students went better, in a more focused way. It seems now realistic that we will get everything done by the Friday and that I will be able to edit and composite all of the segments so that we can screen this little film I was hoping for sometimes Monday or Tuesday.

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Tuesday 27 March 2007

2007-03-27 10H:00 Beirut

Follow up to Bob’s saga with his passport. Yesterday, I had a meeting with Sharif and we quickly reached an agreement that we would forget about the small symbolic fee that was there for us and that they would put up all the money needed for Bob to come. We sent a e-mail right away telling Bob to proceed. Which he did but just to find out that the American passport system is totally clogged, nothing is workings and the fast track services even less.

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Monday 26 March 2007

2007-03-26 21H30 Beirut

I should now briefly give a summary of were thing stands at this time concerning the rationale of our/my presence here in Lebanon to present this piece about last summer war.

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2007-03-26 9H:00 Beirut

Difficult situation. I got an URGENT mail from Bob last night. He was packing up to take off to the airport and could not find his passport. Then he remembered sending it to the government passport office to get new pages added in…and it never came back. So he could not get on the plane, had to cancel the ticket (not being reimbursed, just getting a credit on British airway for a year) having to spend money to get a quick passport, buy a new much more expensive plane ticket with a crazy itinerary, etc.

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Sunday 25 March 2007

2007-03-25 8H:30 Beirut

One of the troubling questions of the last months that Bob and I have been discussing is: What the hell are we coming in Lebanon for? What is the point of coming to Beirut to show to the Lebaneses the bombing of their cities and the corpse of their death children, things they have been experiencing in real life? Are we here just to create a hot profile to the piece and make it easier to sell to promoters. Those are both surprising and unsurprising questions.

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Saturday 24 March 2007

2007-03-24 18H:30 Beirut

This is the first entry in my brand new blog, which actually is not even on line yet. But I arrived in Beirut this afternoon and this seems to be the right moment to start writing. This trip is quite unlike any of the many other travel I do. Eight months ago there was war here, the whole country was being bombed by Israeli airplanes. The west end of the country was yet again being invaded. Whole neighborhoods of Beirut were brought down to rubble. Bob (Bob Ostertag, composer and musician, my long time collaborator) and I decided that the piece we were currently working on, that we later entitled Special Forces, somehow had to assess this outrageous situation.

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