Nicolas Boone is (b. 1974) is a visual artist based in Paris. He graduated from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2001. His earlier work used the language of filmmaking to produce ephemeral performances without film stock. Eventually, his meticulously improvised “parades” were recorded and edited into film loops to create a living discourse around the death of cinema. La Transhumance Fantastique (2006) recycles the codes of fantastic and horror cinema while a tracking shot along train rails leads nowhere — or towards a Western, a conquest, an exodus towards utopia, a future determined by someone else. As in all of Boone’s films, the central character is a crowd of extras forming a compact corpus and obeying simple instructions commanded by a megaphone: the shout of the director-dictator, the authority of the absurd, the conductor of non-sense. Boone’s moving mises-en-scène emerge from improvisations in which chaos invites chance and accidents do happen. Transbup (2009) is a more traditional narrative that emerged after a massive anti-ad campaign made up of nine shorts (BUP - La série). Transbup exposes the different faces of the media’s totalitarian invasion of our individual freedom. Boone points fingers at all institutions and their perverse mechanisms. Here, the characters are looking for an escape from a world Boone holds in disgust.
Transbup. 2009, Colour, DV. 50mins, France.
La Transhumance Fantastique. 2006, Colour, DV. 55mins, France.
Programmed in parallel with the exhibition LIQUIDATION and the production of Nothing Happening at VIVO Media Arts Centre. Co-presented with the LIVE International Performance Art Biennale and Swarm Festival of Artist Run Culture. LIQUIDATION and Nothing Happening are produced with the generous support of the Consulat général de France à Vancouver.
image: La Transhumance Fantastique (2006)