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Scratch Projection / March 3, 2020

REINVENTING THE LOOK AT THE CAMERA

Borrowed from the lexicon of French commercial cinema, and especially fiction cinema, the expression regard caméra ("look at the camera") refers to the meeting of the gaze of a filmed character with the optical axis of the filming apparatus. However, the technique is much older, since from the times of antiquity there have been countless paintings where the represented subject returns the spectator’s gaze, challenging the latter or, perhaps, asserting authority. Traditionally forbidden in cinema, when this meeting occurs involuntarily it is deemed foul play and is cause for a new take.

Voluntarily utilized by many fiction filmmakers (Bergman, Kubrick, Godard, etc.), often to produce a distancing effect, this technique has been explored on numerous occasions by experimental filmmakers – not to shatter the diegetic illusion or to implicate the viewer as a witness but, instead, to invent a new kind of gaze and create unexpected relationships between the work and the audience. It is no longer a rule broken for a brief moment of rupture before the film resumes its narrative course. It is, rather, a gesture at the very core of the work, as in the case of Stephen Dwoskin, filmmaker of the regard caméra par excellence, whose films often employ a direct address to the lens (to signify fear, desire, weariness…). Other filmmakers explore the camera’s intrusive nature, for example, through the use of the stolen gaze (Arner Körner), or as in the films of Mike Hoolboom (elusive gaze) or Georges Rey (animal gaze) – singular variations that push the technique to its limits. Finally, in Gisèle Rapp-Meichler’s piece the gaze is multiplied and divergent, echoing the vertiginous sonorities of the poet Ghérasim Luca, while in the work of Björn Kämmerer the spectator literally becomes a target.

LE REGARD CAMÉRA RÉINVENTÉ

Tuesday March 03, 2020, 20:30



SCRAPBOOK
by Mike HOOLBOOM
2015 / DCP / b&w / sound / 18' 00
TRIGGER
by Björn KÄMMERER
2014 / 35mm / color / silent / 2' 00
NE DOMINEZ PAS VOS PASSIONS
by Gisèle RAPP-MEICHLER
2019 / DCP / color / sound / 6' 50
LA VACHE QUI RUMINE
by Georges REY
1969 / 16mm / b&w / silent / 3' 00
A7
by Arne KÖRNER
2010 / DCP / color / sound / 3' 00
TRIXI
by Stephen DWOSKIN
1969 / 16mm / color / sound / 30' 00

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