De Paul Heintz installation 2016
By combining lived situations and invented scenes, Paul Heintz’s creations lead us, in two stages, to go beyond what we think we see and to think reality. The incidents or absurd actions performed in his films are, although highly theatrical and imaginary, part of a search for meaning.
Paul Heintz reflects on perception and its construction, working on the image and its illusions. He is constantly reminding us that – even if it is a construction, a fool’s game that the viewer, aware of the deceit, still loves to play – the image partakes of our overall vision of the world. He materialises this incessant to-and-fro between the real and the imaginary by the use of movement, notably tracking shots in his films and moving elements in his installations, thereby suggesting new viewpoints.
With De Façade, Paul Heintz goes back to the origins of cinema, to its mechanical dimension, possibly reminding us of magic lanterns, of the time when projections were manual. He creates a set-up that gives viewers the feeling they are watching a vertical travelling shot along the façade of a building. This is an illusion, for what is shown, this façade of a building, refers us to the history of a construction whose interior we have no way of guessing at. The light and sound of this work on the play of appearances leads the viewer onto a fictional terrain open to all interpretations.
Valérie Toubas and Daniel Guionnet, Point Contemporain
Thanks to Mehdi Ahoudig, Randa Maroufi, Alain Le Béon, Christophe Gregório, Léo Pacquelet, à Manuel Bello Marcado, Michel Vandestien, José Froment, Annonciade Sauli, Fantin Leroux,The neighbors of 145 rue La Fayette and the artists and the staff of Fresnoy.
Construction: Alain Le Béon, Christophe Gregório, Léo Pacquelet, Paul Heintz and
Les Ateliers de l'Orge
Sound composition: Mehdi Ahoudig
Assembly sound: Randa Maroufi and Paul Heintz
Trainee sound: Eric Morel
Mixing: Christian Cartier
Programming: Sébastien Cabour
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