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The Observatory

image de l'oeuvre The Observatory de  Vincent Ceraudo

De Vincent Ceraudo film 2016, 18min

  • 2016 - Exhibition Panorama 18 au Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing de Tourcoing (FR)

There is a way of perceiving or observing things that does not involve the eyes. Something that obscures the gaze and goes beyond ordinary vision. The project proceeds in a succession of experiences filmed at the Camille Flammarion observatory in Juvisy-sur-Orge. The film’s unifying theme is the relations between telepathy and astronomy, a mysterious correlation that obsessed the French scientist Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) throughout his career as a researcher. The Observatory is a cinematic exploration that functions as an attempt to reactivate a place. Thought transmission metaphorically reflects the structure of the film but, as this proceeds, also becomes its own specific language. The camera records and probes beyond what is tangible; the editing is not guided by a narrative in the strict sense but more by the relations and coincidences that arise from the various presences in this observatory. The primary concern is to convey to the viewer the uncertainty, that trembling of reality caused by telepathic experience, or again the way this makes the feelings of reality and identity unstable. The spectator is invited to enter the deep reality of the place and the characters exploring it in a synchronicity of events that is beyond these protagonists. On 18 January 2016, a group comprising a medium, a scientist and researchers into the paranormal was invited to an observatory outside Paris. For several days, they explored the setting using their specialist skills. Knowing nothing about the history of this observatory, they each reactivated a history using these personal aptitudes. This video recording both constitutes and documents this experiment.

Remerciements Thanks

All the team of the movie, the promotion Manoel De Oliveira, all the technical poles of Fresnoy, Mécènes du Sud. A quite particular thanking to Victor Zébo, João Pedro Rodrigues, Jérôme Noirot, Yannick Delmaire, Blandine Tourneux, Edgar Allender, Tudi Nédic, Christophe Gregório, Aurélie Brouet, David Chantreau and François Lescieux, Baptiste Rabichon, Jacob Wiener.

Images de l'oeuvre
    In situ - The Observatory
Processus de création
  • Mécènes du Sud
  • Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing

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