<p>We set up shop in the French capital last week. Here’s a quick summary of what went down.</p>
The Creators Project: Paris 2012 made for a pretty wild week, and we’re still recovering from the partying and sleepless nights. While we’re still in a euphoric daze, here’s some of the madness that went down at one of our finest events yet.
Our week-long residency revolved around CENTQUATRE, a multidisciplinary venue where the many talented artists we invited mingled with music lovers, b-boys, and qigong enthusiasts during five days of workshops, panels, screenings, and performances.
From left to right: Para One, Myd, Canblaster, Philippe Zdar and Pascal Bertin on The Art of Music panel.
Along with this poetic, interactive installation, we screened Quentin Dupieux‘s newest work Wrong, which proved to exude his signature uncanniness. Jack Plotnick, who portrays the main protagonist, told us about the experience of shooting the film and his friendship with French comedian Éric Judor. In line with Dupieux’s lauded reputation in France, people came out in droves to see the film, which tells the tale of a man on a quest to find his lost dog while facing strange cases of dog telepathy.
Another view of The Treachery of Sanctuary.
Bal Blanc Closing night of Momenta 2012. Photo by Pierre Emmanuel Rastoin.
Friday, after a color-and-sound-drenched event celebrating the closing night of Monumenta 2012 with Four Tet, Caribou, and Jamie xx in the middle of Daniel Buren‘s installation, we screened Para One’s hauntingly beautiful short movie It Was On Earth That I Knew Joy. The artist gave a brief talk with VICE film critic Virgile Iscan and discussed his main cinematographic inspirations, as well as his brief epistolary relationship with seminal French filmmaker and artist Chris Marker.
From left to right: Magali Daniaux, Cédric Pigot, Yacine Ait Kaci from Electronic Shadow, Charlotte Leouzon, Els Vermang and Manuel Abendroth from LAb[au] on the Artist As Researcher panel
Raphaël Rodriguez and Clément Gallet from MEGAFORCE™at the Music VIdeo Workshop.
For the Artist as Researcher panel we brought together LAb[au], Cédric Pigot & Magali Daniaux, and Yacine from Electronic Shadow to discuss their artistic endeavors and their scientific approach with Charlotte Leouzon, the curator of Va Voom. A few hours later, two members of the MEGAFORCE™ collective showed us how to make a music video, explaining their step-by-step process behind Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” and an ad they made for Cadbury, while giving us a few facts on what it’s like to work with international superstars and their various creative processes.
Myd and Canblaster from Club Cheval.
From left to right: Mr. Flash, Sébastien Tellier, and Étienne Menu on The Genesis of My God is Blue panel.
On Sunday, the closing day of our event, Café Caché and CENTQUATRE saw a succession of DJs, from Soulist to Krazy Baldhead, who gave performances blending every musical genre imaginable, from dark techno to jazz-funk. At the same time, Sébastien Tellier and Mr. Flash met with our moderator Étienne Menu to talk about their fruitful collaboration on the album My God Is Blue. The day ended with a screening of Xavier Dolan‘s Laurence Anyways, which displayed once again his affinity for beautiful, slow imagery and impeccable settings. By nighttime, Chris Milk’s work was disassembled before its world tour, and we cracked open a final festive beverage to celebrate the night, the week, and the entire event.
Photos by Steve Wells.