Lumenité in the carte blanche Les Inattendus  at the WNDX Festival of Moving Image (September 19-23), Winnipeg

Shooting Star
"Shooting Star" selected at VideoArt Exhibition 2018/2019, OGA, Rome, (October)

Simone Dompeyre
Avril 2018
Rencontres Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse, France

"Shooting Star : a shooting star or a star shot on film, the double translation of this video’s title is an appropriate introduction to Pierre Yves Clouin whose work has never abandoned the possibility of dual readings. In his early videos he filmed his body—‘’explicit content’’ as catalogues classified his works. Cow Boy, as might be expected shows his lower body, legs spread, in position for a duel; but then his hand lightly touches his genitals. His body, again nude, becomes The Bleating Calf  thanks to the framing of his diverted face; similarly, playing on the movement of his limbs, Workman transforms his human body into a different sort of being… Since these early works, Clouin has continued to subvert our reading of objects, places, and other elements. One example: Rodin Wood  draws the viewer into a strange universe where tree trunks become chimera. 

With a fresh mindfulness of things, Clouin knows how to create hidden beauties in the immediacy of his daily encounters, and he accepts these invitations. 

He finds tension in the quotidian, the moment when one enjoys seeing something for other than what it is. This is when he turns on the camera he’s carrying; it’s light so he can hold it near his curious gaze. It might even be a cellphone, as in the case of Shooting Star . Curious means to take care, to be careful (cura in Latin).

The interstitial film escapes ordinary detection. Thus a reflection of his cellphone—with the ‘’flashlight’’ function turned on, as Clouin explains—becomes a shooting star that brings luck and, here, carries the film. The shots jerk from one to the next, following on each other, dependent on his itinerary; the urban noises are more or less distinct, and the light varies, with the color occasionally veering to a green that is far from our image of the city. There’s the effect of the traveling shot, with the halo passing from shop window to the window of a rail car, bay windows of apartments, glass store fronts, and office windows… sliding across a variety of gates, grids, open brick- and iron-work, and shifts to the open sky. The little light accelerates until it’s spinning, the quotidian ‘’expands,’’ the other is within sight of anyone who knows how to see, it lends itself to the invention of filming.

Simone Dompeyre
April 2018
Rencontres Traverse Vidéo, Toulouse, France