Countries (2006)

"Immaturity and childishness are the most efficient categories to define modern man", wrote Gombrowicz. Nobody knows what will be "real" for mankind after the wars which are beginning now

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perennial nature and ephemeral art :

Imagine an ephemeral work, paradoxically perennial, since it can be forever refreshed in real time. In latin, "perenne" is used to describe an ever-flowing spring.

COUNTRIES : MUSICAL AND VISUAL GEOPOETICS

"Immaturity and childishness are the most efficient categories to define modern man", wrote Gombrowicz. Nobody knows what will be "real" for mankind after the wars which are beginning now . Werner Heisenberg in Paul Virilio : The Informatic Bomb

The culmination of this project is a multimedia performance

MUSIC:

The 52-minute-long set is built around nine musical compositions. The style could be precisely defined as atmospheric music or ambient music with electro tendencies. The compositions make use of sounds recorded in Iraq in December 2003 at the time of Saddam Hussein's arrest, and in Gaza at Yasser Arafat's funeral.

VISUALS:

The image is to be invented. Childhood is called upon here as a symptom. I could quote Georges Bataille in "La part maudite" (The Accursed Part) when he writes "children break their toys, and when they are grown up, they break others" A connection to otherness through a series of successive destructions. Iraq, sounds of Iraq without pictures. The corresponding images are to be invented, drawn, and performed. The whole could be described as geopoetics. One of the rhetorical central figures would be the leitmotif.

NEWS, PERFORMANCE, NEWS TREATMENT

News as brought to us by television. In this context I am dealing mainly with the expression of my feelings from, on the one hand, viewing of news programmes, and on the other hand, hearing accounts from a friend who is a news reporter. I am aiming to portray the combination of these influences in a multimedia environment, performed using a mixture of 2D video, Flash animated cartoons, and Super 8 films, played and video-projected in real time. Making a performance out of something given and presented to us as is news.

"Is it war which is virtual, or the image of war?"

It is also the combination of historical and everyday events of these countries , nations which it is up to us to build together (quotation of Mr de Villepin at the UN) . http://arnaudperennes.free.fr/

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