video still, 2016.

Being Watched (HD, duration: 15 minute), 2016

Between 2014 and 2016, I filmed continually in and around the address where I live in the 19th arrondissement in Paris. Being Watched examines the awkward place of desire in an era where our point of contact with reality has become so slight, accelerated and frequently deceived. How do we negotiate the borders of those around us? This project involved much improvisation in the working process. There was no script, or clear pre-conceived plan. The general work method unfolded by doing tests, editing these, filming again, preparing ‘floppy paintings’, working with an actress...

Being Watched focuses on the ambiences and sounds of this space and the interaction of my voice with these elements. This work was partly inspired by the film of a master class by the pianist and orchestra conductor, Alfred Cortot (1867 – 1962). In this film, Cortot, renowned for his interpretations of the Romantic composers, simultenously plays and comments on The Poet Speaks, by Schumann.

With Lily Ben Slimen. Completed through the generous assistance of the FNAGP (La Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques) and local neighbours. Produced by 5 A 7 Films

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Being Watched
2017, HD, 12 min

Durant les deux dernières années, j’ai continuellement filmé depuis l’endroit où je vivais et ses environs. « Being Watched » examine la place gênante du désir dans l’ère où notre point de contact avec la réalité est devenu si léger, accéléré et souvent trompé. Comment négocions-nous les frontières de ce qui nous entoure ? Ce projet implique davantage d’improvisation dans son processus de travail. « Being Watched » pointe les ambiances et les sons de cet espace et l’interaction de ma voix avec ces éléments. Ce film a été en partie inspiré par le film d’une masterclass donné par le pianiste et chef d’orchestre Alfred Cortot (1867-1962). Dans ce film, Cortot, revient sur ses interprétations de compositeurs romantiques, en même temps il joue et commente « Le poète parle » de Schumann.

video still, 2016.

Ideally, this work is projected in the location where it was filmed, the sounds of the video blending with the ambiences of the local environment (overhead metros, footsteps, birds etc.)