L’échappée belle - exposition /// EN
For its first partnership between Allance Française Brussels-Europe and Transcultures/City Sonic Christophe Bailleau and Philippe Franck (Pastoral duet) are invited to present a selection of twenty photographs (taken by Christophe Bailleau) that correspond to poetic fragments, (written by Philippe Franck).
Pastoral has composed ten ambient tracks for these dyptic image-text compositions, which can be listened on headphones to by the choice that corresponds to the visitor’s mood. Each application expresses itself without modification and responds in an immediacy and intimacy…which this duo wanted to conserve for this escape into the quietness of a provincial reality, and unveils a strange surrealism, under this poetic and visual double-regard.
With L’échappée belle (the beautiful escape), a collaboration started in 2007 and developed in 2017. The duet proposes a surreal and poetic glance into the imaginary and resort/holiday spaces where a form of lynch-like strangeness is tinted with offset humour.
Recent videos of Pastoral (Figures, Limpide-objets trouvés, No meaning) and of Christophe Bailleau in solo (The Colony, Fumigènes,Sérotones) as well as radiophonic creations (Le yaourt n’est pas un yoghourt, la perte) in a loop complete this exhibition of image-sound in movement.
On the occasion of the opening of this exhibition, Pastoral will present a performance and its new CD + booklet photos/texts L’échappée belle (The Beautiful Escape) produced by Transcultures on the alter Transonic label.
Production de l’exposition : Transcultures avec le soutien de l’Alliance Française de Bruxelles
Philippe Franck (Brussels, Mons) is a cultural conceptualist who is passionate about contemporary crossovers. He is director of Transcultures, an interdisciplinary center for digital and sound cultures (Charleroi). He is also artistic director of the City Sonic international festival of sound arts (Mons, Brussels and Associated Cities), which he created in 2003, and Transnumériques. He regularly writes about sound arts, and digital and contemporary interdisciplinary practices. He also co-directed, in 2014, the documentary Bernard Heidsieck, ‘Poetry in Action’. Since the 1990s, he has developed the multi-musical Paradise Now project and collaborates with various videographers, performers, visual artists, poets and musicians.