Xavier Quérel uses the 16mm projector as a musical instrument, a luminous light source emitting both sound and image mixed together in live improvisation. Images are masked, deformed and fused; films scratched, defiled and coloured - offering a vast palette of material for improvisation.
For this workshop at no.w.here Quérel will introduce participants to the projector as a magic box for improvising with sound/noise and image/light. Participants will play with scratching and hand manipulating found footage, as well as create handmade photograms and hand processed images.
Participants will develop ways of playing and interacting with the 16mm film projector - practicing projection manipulations with loops and objects, and using contact microphones to amplify the sounds of the projector’s mechanics. To complete the workshop, participants will play solo, duo or big band to bring alive expanded projection and aural improvisations.
Xavier Quérel (France)
Xavier Quérel is a filmmaker based in Grenoble active in different fields of experimental cinema focusing on performance with light and film. Quérel considers the cinema projector as an instrument. Applying his experience in improvisation, he has developed idiosyncratic techniques and ingenious manipulations allowing him to play with the spontaneity of a musician. He plays with "La Cellule d'intervention METAMKINE", film/music performance based on improvisation, with Jérome Noetinger and Christophe Auger. He co-founded "L'Atelier MTK", a collective ‘handcraft’ cinema laboratory for experimental cinema techniques.
“Taking part in a performance of expanded cinema means giving oneself up to the synaesthetic experience, setting aside the traditional rules of film language and developing a receptive attitude, free of critical criteria... Light is the starting agent of this chain reaction, the projector its tool.” - Xavier Quérel
Mark your calendars!
Xavier Quérel performs live at Unconscious Archives on Tuesday September 10th at Apiary Studios, London. More details coming soon.