october. was shot at Tiananmen, Beijing (China) in 2007 and Granada (Spain) in 2009 with mobile phones. The sound was recorded the same way at Granada. It is a first approach within a wider project on historical memory reconstruction.
Video can be watched here: http://vimeo.com/34926603
Interviewed by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, William Kentridge says:
All my work is part of a single project. I don’t see a great shift. In Il Ritorno d’Ulisse I was looking at the body as a metaphor for our relationship to memory and the unconscious, acknowledging that there are things happening under the surface, which we hope will be well contained by our skin. We hope that our skin will not erupt, that parts of us will not collapse inside. The body in this sense is other to us; we shepherd it along like an ox, hoping it will come quietly to market and not run away. In recent works such as stereoscope I’m interested in the co-existence of all those contradictory strands, and what it means to synthesize them into one subjectivity.
Stereoscope is about the cost of trying to bring these disparate parts of oneself together.
In Cameron, Christov-Bakargiev, Coetzee. “William Kentridge” (1999) London, Phaïdon, p.23.
To watch Kentridge’s Stereoscope, click HERE.
The CAC of Málaga (Spain) is exhibiting Kentridge’s work until 13 May 2012. I just can’t wait to go, see it and meditate. (http://cacmalaga.org/?p=5046)
Hubo un lugar [reconstructed] 2012
No, this isn’t me, someone else suffers,
I couldn’t stand it. All that’s happened
They should wrap up in black covers,
The streetlights should be taken away…
1939. Requiem, Anna Akhmatova.
Reconstructing Historical Memory[S]: click HERE to access the project’s page
 A. Akhmatova, Requiem. English translation by Lyn Coffin. New York/ London, W.W. Norton & Company, 1983, p. 84.
The intimacies video art was realized in 2008, within Bonenfant’s “extending vocal bodies into audiovisual media” project.
This text articulates the creative process of the intimacies video art, from the visual artist’s point of view.
To read it, click HERE.
intimacies | Video co-directors: Yvon Bonenfant/ Ludivine Allegue. Artistic director: Yvon Bonenfant/Video artist: Ludivine Allegue/Vocal art (music composition and all singing): Yvon Bonenfant, compositional assistant Francis Silkstone/Photography and image capture: Ludivine Allegue/Video editing: Ludivine Allegue/Choreographic process, devising process directed by Yvon Bonenfant/Performers, choreographic & sonic collaborators, inspirers: Robin Dingemans, Delphine Gaborit, Caroline Gill/Produced by Yvon Bonenfant & Ludivine Allegue. Financial support by the British Academy, the University of Winchester. Date of production 2008; format PAL 4:3.
BEACONS SHOW by Yvon Bonenfant ON TOUR
BEACONS SHOW was developped by vocal artist Yvon Bonenfant, in collaboration with David Shearing, following the video Art Beacons (2008) that he previously realized in collaboration with Ludivine Allegue.
To know more about the show, please visit the Beacons Show website.
LEEDS stage@leeds: 27 September 7.30 pm
LONDON Rich Mix: 6 October 7.30 pm
BRISTOL Arnolfini: 7 October 7.30 pm
EASTLEIGH The Point, Eastleigh: 13 October 7.30 pm
EXETER Exeter Phoenix: 18 October 8 pm
FALMOUTH The Performance Centre – University College Falmouth: 21 October 7:30 pm
GLASGOW Arches: 24 October 7.30 pm
What fruit it bears
What good is love
That no one shares
And if my life is like the dust
That hides the glow of a rose
What good am I
Heaven only knows
This bitter Earth
Can it be so cold
Today you’re young
Too soon your old
But while a voice
Within me cries
I’m sure someone
May answer my call
And this bitter earth
May not be so bitter after all
[this bitter earth | Otis, Clyde (Songwriter) | IZA Music Corporation (Publisher)]
intimacies, a video-art/music/choreographic collaboration with vocal artist Yvon Bonenfant, was selected by curator Marina Tsartsara to be exhibited this February at Brighton (UK) within the Pieces to fit platform.
intimacies is unique in the world of video-dance in that it emerges from a place of encounter between extended voice, choreographic process and video art.
With dancers Robin Dingemans (nominated Outstanding Male Performance (Modern) 2009 by UK National Dance Awards) and Delphine Gaborit, and vocalist/movement artist Caroline Gill.
Les pas de Paul Valery
Tes pas, enfants de mon silence,
Saintement, lentement placés,
Vers le lit de ma vigilance
Procèdent muets et glacés.
Personne pure, ombre divine,
Qu’ils sont doux, tes pas retenus !
Dieux !… tous les dons que je devine
Viennent à moi sur ces pieds nus !
Si, de tes lèvres avancées,
Tu prépares pour l’apaiser,
A l’habitant de mes pensées
La nourriture d’un baiser,
Ne hâte pas cet acte tendre,
Douceur d’être et de n’être pas,
Car j’ai vécu de vous attendre,
Et mon coeur n’était que vos pas.
por el silencio creados,
avanzan santa, lentamente,
hacia el lecho de mi impaciente vigilar,
adorados pasos mudos,
que sin oír mis ansias adivinan,
¡Qué regalos celestes se encaminan
hacia mi lecho
en unos pies desnudos.
Si, para mi sueño obseso,
tu boca haces avanzar
yo preparo el paladar
al alimento de un beso.
No lo apresures,
dulzura de ser no siendo,
que de esperar voy viviendo
y son tus pasos
(Versión de Charles Dampierre)
(English version below)
Your steps, children of my silence,
Holily, slowly placed,
Towards the bed of my vigilance
Proceed dumb and frozen.
Nobody pure, divine shade,
That they are soft, your steps selected!
Gods!… all the gifts which I guess
Come to me on these naked feet!
If, of your advanced lips,
You prepare to alleviate it,
An inhabitant of my thoughts
The food of a kiss,
Does not hasten this tender act,
To be soft and not to be not?
Because I lived to await you,
And my heart was only your steps.