brouillard passage #14 Screen 5 articles

brouillard passage #14

2014

brouillard passage #14 Poster
  • ...It looked like a gauzy, sunny dream but felt like a lugubrious nightmare from which one cannot escape. Plunging through this nature-de-naturalized pathway at the speed of molasses, you can't tell if you are slowly swimming forward or, horribly, sinking through this pastoral smear: the images atop one another cause a normal sense of moving through both space and time to fall in upon itself, creating an undulating, rippling spatial movement.

  • ...The latest in an ongoing series of films from Alexandre Larose, which subtly places images of human movement under a superimposed, layered (though slightly offset) panoply of tracking shots down a lakeside path, creating a free floating outdoor tour which eventually literalizes its oceanic feel as we meet the surface of the lake head-on.

  • Foreground and background dissolve into an expanse of brilliant colors which seem to sway with the wind. Recalling Richard Long’s canonical photograph A Line Made By Walking (1967) and “walking artist” Hamish Fulton, human action marks the landscape while remaining out of sight. Once figures do emerge – their fragmented bodies slowly trotting down the pathway – the space transforms into something almost supernatural. The familiar landscape becomes a playground for ghosts.

  • A kind of performance film where the entire performance—Larose, camera in hard, walking his backyard path to a shoreline approximately 120 times—is inscribed en masse into the celluloid in the form of a highly compressed superimposition,Brouillard winds up resembling a quivering Monet in which the famous impasto swirls don’t merely optically suggest movement but actually surge toward the viewer, blotches of color separating and colliding in the process.

  • It superimposes multiple passages through a single space, a country lane from a cottage to a lake, weaving the multiple possible temporalities of a repeated moment into a single image and creates a sort of ‘space’ belonging by nature to the cinematic space-time continuum.