2008 / Mini DV / color / sound / 1S / 40' 52

Vacuum was commissioned by the Theatre le Merlan Scene Nationale de Marseille and the APHM Assistance Publique des Hopitaux de Marseille (Welfare Services of the Marseille Hospital System).
It was created on the 27th and 29th of November, taking The Transparent Body as its subject matter.
With the The Transparent Body as starting point, I began an in-depth research project which delved into the use of sound and image in a medical context. Certain images (prologue) were created (sequenced) with the use of the specifically medical MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) tool.
The concept of transposing the interpretation of medical imagery into the domain of art allowed for the creation of a potential fault line, through which an unusual poetic space could emerge.
VA©UUM was constructed - and reconstructed - on the basis of a free interpretation of Richard Fleischer's film Le voyage Fantastique (Fantastic Voyage) 1966.
The opening sequence of the film (Phase 0) consists of a process of transformation of media and mediums; a foreign body appropriating (squatting) the functionality of the organism in which he has chosen to live. The restrained intrigue (plot) of the film, divested of any superfluous romanticism, guides us through the remaining commentaries, which describe a journey through the human body, the therapeutic effects thereof, etc. (Phase 1). The vacuum effect, used in phases 2 & 3, consists of a modification of the Body and of the tessitura of the image, music and sound.


distribution format Mini DV (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language French
rental fee 162,00 €