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VAISSEAUX / Grégory Robin & Annabelle Playes (France)

From March, 19 to April, 4 – From Tuesday to Saturday, from 02:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. – La Tôlerie

2015 / Installation vidéo et sonore de Grégory Robin & Annabelle Playe

Installation produced in residence at VIDEOFORMES with the assistance of Clermont Communauté in the context of its creation policy, and the support of the DRAC d’Auvergne.

Vaisseaux is a collaboration between Gregory Robin (filmmaker) and Annabelle Playe (musician and singer) on a set in which their respective disciplines intersect.

The images, essentially made up of scrolling landscapes, are systematically inverted during editing, blurring the view that we have of what is around us.
They are treated like a sound composition: repetition of a pattern, developments, breaks and continuity, variations, stretching, nuances, until sometimes existing like one of the musical elements.
The dynamic editing of the images interacts with the music in a contrapuntal, harmonic, or dissonant way.

The music, starting from a system that mixes analogic synthesizers, filters, and computers, alternates between electronic and electroacoustic. Sounds from different sources are processed and mixed in with analogic sounds.
The music is performed live or pre-recorded, based on the kind of set.

The vessel is what transports, but it is also the body and what moves inside us, such as blood vessels. “Vessels” propose a poetic area at the center of movement through a dynamic relationship between images, music, and voices. The voices are vehicles for a voyage that is internal, geographical, and sidereal. It is a round trip between what moves around inside us and what carries us further, questioning our view of what is around us, and the way in which we position ourselves in our physical and intimate geographies.

Vaisseaux is a journey toward the informal, the unadorned light of images calling upon us to listen, and bringing us back immediately at the end of the voyage.



Gregory Robin : Musician, then photographer, Gregory Robin moved towards directing in 2003. He has devoted himself totally to directing since 2006.

Gregory Robin has been involved in the painting world since childhood, and he developed and demonstrated a visual awareness very early. He prefers the camera to brushes. His first shots already showed a very personal esthetic, playing with the grain and blurring. This visual research guided him to other media like the Super 8 with which he started out as a director. Although his filmography is mainly made up of documentary creations, his interest in dealing with genres drove him to explore their interdisciplinarity, imparting a style to reality, which sometimes ends up close to fiction. He has come back to the experimental form in his film Entrailles, filmed at the mining museum in Saint-Etienne. His future projects demonstrate this orientation.

In 2012, he and Joël Caron created Après la Guerre Films (After the War Films), an organization that makes creation films. In 2014, he partnered with Jean-Philippe Raymond and Julien Féret to create the production company Far Center Films.

Annabelle Playe : A multidisciplinary artist, she explores voices, sound, video, and writing depending on her projects. She performs a contemporary vocal repertoire in different shows from the Glossophonies company. She has appeared in the creations by Jacques Diennet as a singer and reader. She has worked with the poet Christian Tarting and the choreographers N+N Corsino. Through her projects, she has met Gérard Siracusa, Richard Dubelski, Jean-Marc Montera, Marc Siffert, Franck Vigroux, Michel Blanc.

She is the author of two monologues: “Ligne” (Line) and Mater that have been published by Alna Editeur. “Mater” was commissioned by Isabelle Krauss (Compagnie Actuel Theatre that was created in 2013.)

She created the AnA company whose remarkable projects mix theatrical and poetic writing, music, and experimental videos. She has created and performed “Ligne” (Line), a performance for which she composed the electroacoustic music, staged by Ludovic Longelin. She has done readings of her text “Des pas dans la guerre” (Steps in war) during the Un Automne à Tisser festival at the Cartoucherie de Vincennes, at the Mauvaise Tête theater in Marvejols, as well as at the Bruits Blancs festival (Anis Gras – Arcueil). Her album “Matrice” (Label DAC) has been played by many international radios and on Radio France. Matrice has become a multimedia performance with Philippe Fontes, a video performer. The duo has performed in France and internationally. Her next album, “Vaisseaux” (Vessels) will be released in early 2015.

She composed and performed the music of “La poupée noire” (The black doll), staged by Jean-Marc Bourg, and based on the poetry by Alejandra Pizarnik.

She created “ANA”, an audiovisual solo, from images by the director Gregory Robin. She sings in “Le miroir des ondes” (The mirror of waves), an album by the percussionist Michel Blanc and the guitarist Marc Ducret (will be released in 2015).



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