Phantom Monday n°9 : Ismaïl Bahri
[Les Lilas • France]
As part of the Phantom Mondays cycle, Ismaïl Bahri continues the line of thought initiated at the beginning of his residence at the Espace Khiasma, and shares his new videographic research, which gravitates around notions of projections, screens, ellipses and “blank films”.
To make a “blank film”, is to produce images via the use of an “elementary” captation or recording device — elementary by its simplicity, but also its relation to the “elements”, in the atmospheric sense of the word. He developed a system of caches, or shutters, made of white paper of different forms and weights, which are placed in front of the camera’s viewfinder and are intermittently blown up by the wind. The result is tremblings of variable intensities, palpitations of light, a micro dramatic narrative of appearance and disappearance. The whole process raises a social questioning inspired by artistic forms.
For Ismaïl Bahri reconsiders the implications of “making a blank film” during a demonstration in Tunisia. By opposing a device for deliberately missing the shot to an “event not to be missed”, the challenge is to remove oneself from the flux in real time, characteristic of the media’s visual regime and to position oneself in a de-synchronized relation. Guaranteeing that the video recording does not follow the speed of the event is a way of preventing the event from diluting in its own momentum; to present it from the sidelines, as it is projected beyond the screen…
Lundi de Phantom n°32. : Alex Reynolds — Lundi de Phantom n°31 : Ismaïl Bahri — Lundi de Phantom n°31 : Ismaïl Bahri (discussion) — Lundi de Phantom n°30 : João Vieira Torres — Lundi de Phantom n°30 : João Vieira Torres (Lecture) — Lundi de Phantom n°29 : Jérémy Gravayat — Lundi de Phantom n°28 : Le Roman algérien — Lundi de Phantom n°17 : Frédéric Nauczyciel — Lundi de phantom n°27 : Cosmovisions — Lundi de Phantom n°26 : Katia Kameli — Lundi de Phantom n°25 : Liv Schulman — Lundi de Phantom n°24 : Kantuta Quirós & Aliocha Imhoff — Lundi de Phantom n°22 : Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza — Lundi de Phantom n°16 : Louis Henderson — Lundi de phantom n°14 : Ismaïl Bahri — Lundi de Phantom n°11 : Pierre Michelon – Performance documentaire d’un discours non-prononcé — Lundi de Phantom n°9 : Ismaïl Bahri — Lundi de phantom n°3 : Ismaïl Bahri
Recorded at the Espace Khiasma on Monday, October 21, 2013, as part of the Phantom Mondays cycle
A transcript translated into English and Arabic will soon be available on the website