The techno pioneer’s composition will premiere alongside 3 other musical adaptations of the short film, at Centre Pompidou in Paris on 19th September
Photo: Barbara Klein
“What would we see differently if the music was different?”
This was the question posed by Bertrand Bonello for his latest artistic project based around Dimitri Kirsanoff’s 1928 film Brumes d’automne. The French film director invited Richie Hawtin and Diana Soh to create an original score for the film to be shown as part of a special exhibition at Centre Pompidou in Paris.
“Twelve minutes in black and white, dating from 1928. Some leaves in the sky, reflections in the water of a lake, a letter burning in a fireplace, a few drops of rain, Nadia Sibirskaya’s eyes full of tears. This film is a breathtaking beauty, an emotion that few words can explain. The original music is by Paul Devred. What would we see differently if the music was different?” – BertrandBonello
As well as creating his own composition for the film, inspired by his classical music background, Bonello invited Richie Hawtin (Plastikman) and Diana Soh to each create a twelve-minute composition to showcase their own interpretation of the same images. The result is a program of four musical compositions on one screen – Paul Devred, Richie Hawtin, Diana Soh and Bertrand Bonello.
It’s not the first time electronic music pioneer Hawtin has been involved in artistic endeavors outside of the electronic music sphere. In 2011 Anish Kapoor invited Hawtin to activate his sculpture Leviathan with a performance at Paris’s Grand Palais for the annual public art festival Monumenta and just last year he was invited to perform live as Plastikman at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, by invitation of Dior Artistic Director Raf Simons. Naturally, Hawtin was delighted at the opportunity to join Bonello in this exploration of sound and create his debut film score for silent movie Brumes d’automne.
The opening of the exhibition will take place 19th September at the Centre Pompidou in Paris with special performances from Bonello, Ingrid Caven and Richie Hawtin.
Friday, September 19
The Centre Pompidou
– Opening of the exhibition
– Open access
2000h Great Hall
– Screening of the short film footage Where Are You, Bertrand Bonello? directed by the filmmaker on an order from the Centre Pompidou
– Screening of Brumes d’automne by Dimitri Kirsanoff (1928, 12 ‘) with an original composition created and presented by Richie Hawtin
– Performance by Ingrid Caven and Bertrand Bonello
– € 6, € 4 TR, Pass and subscribers Festival d’Automne in Paris
2030h Cinema 2
– Inauguration of the “Soundtracks” programming with Vertigo / Vertigo, Alfred Hitchcock
– Free access to the limited seating available
From September 19 to October 26
Every day from 1400 to 2100 (except Tuesdays)
– Open Access
The four compositions on Brumes d’automne will also be presented by Bertrand Bonello and Diana Soh Sunday, September 21 at 17h at Cinema 2.
Richie Hawtin has made his mark on electronic music by being both inventive and innovative. With over twenty years of DJ experience, Hawtin has headlined some of the most prestigious festivals and events in club culture to date and continues to define rather than follow musical trends. Born in Britain but Canadian by adoption, Hawtin was at the epicentre of the new wave of Detroit producers and the rise of minimal techno in the early 90s where he was a central figure and trail blazer with his alias Plastikman. Founder of labels Plus 8 and M_nus, Hawtin is one of the few producers distinguishable by a totally recognizable and unique sound. Hawtin the DJ is also a revolutionary; a pioneer in the use of the laptop, drum machines and rhythm and effect boxes in the booth. Cut to the present day and Hawtin continues to innovate, receiving wide-acclaim for 2014 Plastikman album EX, recorded live at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, his award-winning club concept ENTER. at Space Ibiza and foray into Japanese Sake production with his ENTER.Sake brand. His mathematical precision, vast knowledge of his musical environment, the overwhelming power of his pull and his continued popularity, establish him as one of the most important DJs in techno history.More information about Richie Hawtin and photos can be found here:
Bertrand Bonello, born in 1968 is a French film director living between Paris and Montréal. His background is in classical music. His first feature film, Something Organic (1998), was presented at the Berlin Festival (Panorama). The Pornographer (2001), his second feature along with Jean-Pierre Léaud, was selected for International Critics’ Week at Cannes and won the FIPRESCI prize. He continues making music and, in 2007, releases My New Picture: an album to accompany a film presented at the Locarno Festival. In 2008, On War, a feature starring Mathieu Amalric, Asia Argento and Guillaume Depardieu was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight. His film House of Tolerance, a depiction of daily life in a fin-de-siècle Parisian bordello, premiered In Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His 2014 film Saint Laurent was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. His work has been associated with the New French Extremity.
Paul Devred composer of French cinema active during the 1920s and 1930s, worked for directors like Gabriel Rosca, Jean-Louis Bouquet, Giulio Del Torre and Jean Dréville. He wrote the original music accompanying silent pictures of autumn Dimitri Kirsanoff Mists, sung by Louise Mazzoli.
Diana Soh is a Singaporean composer, born in 1984 After graduating from the University of Buffalo, she attended Courses 1 and 2 at IRCAM. Component as much chamber music, and opera, she explores the interactions in the interpretation of works.
Actress and singer, Rainer Werner Fassbinder muse – she was also the wife – or Yves Saint Laurent, Ingrid Caven played among others in films of Werner Schroeter, Daniel Schmid, Jean Eustache, André Téchiné, Raoul Ruiz, Claire Denis. On stage, she sings Erik Satie, Pierre Henry, John Cage, The Beatles and written for her by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Hans Magnus Enzensberger songs and writer Jean-Jacques Schuhl (Prix Goncourt in 2000 for the novel Ingrid Caven who returns to the golf his companion).
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.