Insemnopedy I: The Dream of Victor F.
Faye Formisano (FR)
Insemnopedy I: The Dream of Victor F.
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Insemnopédie : le rêve de Victor F. is a film that was inspired by the hallucinatory dream experienced by Victor Frankenstein on the night he had just completed the creation of the creature. A veritable fantasy of incest, this dream, reviving both the memory of a childhood love and the ghost of his dead mother, terrifies Victor as well as the creature awaiting him behind the bed’s curtain.

The film explores the broken and forbidden bonds between Victor and his creature, each mirroring the other. Between painting and photography, this black-and-white work is a sort of fantastical tale that raises the question of the power of sublimation. Is creation always restorative? Shot completely in a studio, the film opts for an artificial set, thereby harking back to the beginnings of cinema. The painted and printed mutant fabric appears both as the skin of the image and the shutter through which unfold scenes characterised by a Surrealist and even neo-Bunuellian aesthetic. The performances draw on an expressionist use of gesture inspired by silent films, while the sound created entirely in post-production and the hypnotic music, composed by Guillaume Durrieu, help to create a psycho-gothic world from which Mary Shelley’s original text emerges as the inner voice of Victor Frankenstein.

Faye Formisano
Faye Formisano France
Promotion André S. Labarthe

The work of Faye Formisano (France, 1984) is interdisciplinary, mixing contemporary dance, painting and film. Textiles play a key role in her practice. Although her language is fabric, she uses portraits to explore notions such as the broken bond, the ghost, loss and memory. She has directed two live performances: Beach Noise, El Grito de la Montana, a sound and performance ritual, and The Rip on my Tongue. She has made dance videos and an experimental film focused on the gesture and sound of ripping.


Artiste visuelle, chorégraphe et vidéaste issue du design textile née en 1984, je vis et travaille à Paris. Diplômée d’un DSAA de l’école Duperré en 2007, j’y ai entamé une recherche transversale autour du vêtement à danser mêlant la danse contemporaine, la photographie et la vidéo. J’ai mis en scène deux spectacles vivants autour de dispositifs textiles activant de la chorégraphie ( Beach noise, El Grito de la montana) et un rituel performatif et sonore The Rip on my Tongue en collaboration avec le pianiste Benoît Delbelcq. J’ai également réalisé plusieurs vidéo-danses et un film expérimental autour du geste et du son de la déchirure. Les thématiques qui m’habitent sont le lien défait, le temps, la perte, la mémoire et les fantômes. En parallèle, j’ai collaboré avec des chorégraphes comme Mylène Benoît pour des scènes nationales, l’artiste visuel Melik Ohanian et je n’ai cessé de travailler en tant que designer textile, graphiste et peintre sur soie dans le monde du prêt à porter et de la haute couture. Au Fresnoy je souhaite pousser et affirmer mes recherches dans le champs du film expérimental et de l’installation intéractive en questionnant les nouvelles technologies de l’image et les surfaces textiles innovantes et actives.

  • Scénario: Faye Formisano
  • Image: Pascal Auffray
  • Son: Blandine Tourneux
  • Montage image: Ludovic De Oliveira
  • Montage son: Jérôme Petit
  • Mixage:
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    Arno Ledoux

Production : Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains