Feux d'artifices: 30 years of Paris Expérimental

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Since 1985, publisher Paris Expérimental has become a singular meeting point between experimental cinema and its history. With around fifty landmark publications and events, this publishing house has contributed in France to the knowledge and recognition of experimental film forms that have often been marginalised. This programme celebrating its 30th anniversary is an occasion for audiences to look back at its history, together with its founder Christian Lebrat and various authors, including Dominique Noguez and Érik Bullot, at a get-together around the books published by Paris Expérimental and a selection of films from the Centre Pompidou collections.

Four great figures dominate the history of Paris Expérimental. Those of Peter Kubelka, Jonas Mekas, Maurice Lemaître and Stan Brakhage. They are widely represented in the exhibition devoted to the editions held simultaneously in the premises of the Kandinsky Library on the 3rd floor of the Centre Pompidou.

Over sixty authors published by Paris Experimental; Prosper Hillairet, co-founder of the editions, will pay tribute on this day to the rigor of Alain Virmaux, while Dominique Noguez, who accompanied the editions since almost their inception will present some UFOs. Not having among us P. Adams Sitney, key figure, some authors confirmed and younger authors also make us discover their passion for cinema.

This program is dedicated to Giovanna Puggioni, co-founder of Paris Experimental and filmmaker. It is inspired by and starts with her latest film about fireworks.


Christian Lebrat - Feux D’Artifices
Presentation of the day by Christian Lebrat, President of Editions Paris Expérimental and Jonathan Pouthier, cinema department of the Centre Pompidou.
- Antologia Della Materia: Fuoco (Giovanna Puggioni, Italia, 2006-2007, 16 mm, col, sil, 3' 30)
- Jeux Des Reflets Et De La Vitesse (Henri Chomette, France, 1923-1925, 16 mm, col, sil, 5')
- Schwechater (Peter Kubelka, Austria, 1957-1958, 35 mm, col, son, 2')
- Notes On The Circus (Jonas Mekas, USA, 1968, 16 mm, col, son, 12')
- Lapis (James Whitney, USA, 1966, 16 mm, col, son, 10')
- Eaux D’Artifice (Kenneth Anger, USA, 1953, 16 mm, b&W tinted in blue, son, 13')
- Blazes (Robert Breer, USA, 1961, 16 mm, col, son, 3')
- Nuestra Señora De Paris (Teo Hernández, Mexico, 1982, 16 mm, col, son, 22')
- Feuerwerk (Feu D’Artifice) (Helga Fanderl, Germany, 2000, Super 8 blown-up to 16mm, b&w, sil, 3')
- Impressions En Haute Atmosphère (Jose Antonio Sistiaga, Spain, 1989, 35 mm, col, son, 7')
- Une Oeuvre (Maurice Lemaître, France, 1968, 16 mm, col, son, 15’)
- Trama (Christian Lebrat, France, 1978-1980, 16 mm, col, son, 12')

Raphaël Bassan - Norman Mclaren & The Avant-Garde: A series of missed appointments?
- Blinkity Blank (Norman McLaren, Canada, 1955, 35 mm, col, son, 5’)
- Piece Mandala / End War (Paul Sharits, USA, 1966, 16 mm, col, sil, 5’)

Patrick de Haas - Paul Sharits: T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G,
- T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G, (Paul Sharits, USA, 1968, 16mm, col, son, 12’)

Dominique Noguez - Messages Aux Exo-Planètes
- Sensitométrie 3 (Patrice Kirchhofer, France, 1975, 16 mm, coul, son, 20’)
- Chant 3 (Jean-Paul Dupuis, France, 1981, 16 mm, coul, son, 10’)
- Sur Mon Cou (Stéphane Marti, France, 1975, 2009, vidéo, col, son, 4’)

Patrice Rollet - Bruce Baillie En Bal(l)ade
- All My Life (Bruce Baillie, USA, 1966, 16mm, col, son, 3’)
- Castro Street (Bruce Baillie, USA, 1966, 16mm, col, son, 9’30)

Sally Shafto - Zanzibar
- Actua 1 (Philippe Garrel & co., France, 1968, 35mm, b&w, son, 10’)

Prosper Hillairet - Alain Virmaux Et La Coquille Artaud / Dulac
- Tumulte Aux Ursulines (Alexandre Deschamps & Nicolas Droin & Laurent Navarri, France, 2006, video, col, son, 15 min.
- Disque 957 (Germaine Dulac, France, 1929, 35 mm, b&w, sil, 6’)

Guillaume Basquin - Le Papillon De Brakhage
- L’Operatore Perforato (Paolo Gioli, Italia, 1979, 16mm, b&w, sil, 10’)
- Arnulf Rainer (Peter Kubelka, Austria, 1958-1960, 35 mm; b&w, son, 6’)
- Mothlight (Stan Brakhage, USA, 1963, 16 mm, col. sil, 4’)

Érik Bullot - To translate the experimental
- Teaching The Alphabet (Volker Schreiner, Germany, 2007, video, col/b&w, son, 4’)
- Cryptogramme (Érik Bullot, France, 2002, video, col., son, 4’)

Éric Thouvenel & Carole Contant - Penser-Faire, Faire Penser, Faire Voir: Le Point De Vue Des Pratiques
- Chartres Series (de Stan Brakhage, USA, 1994, 16 mm, col, sil, 9’)
- Film Sans Camera STST (Giovanni Martedi, Italia, 1975, 16 mm, col, sil, 4’50)
- L’Arbre Tahousse (Olivier Fouchard & Mahine Rouhi, France, 2001, 16 mm, col, sil, 6’)

Pip Chodorov & Jonas Mekas - Expérimental?
- The Space Between Cities: Seoul (Pip Chodorov, USA, 2015, super-16 mm in HD, col, son, 5')
- Three Pigeons (Jonas Mekas, USA, 2013, video, col, son, 6'22)



Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 14:00 to 21:00


  • Place Georges-Pompidou
    75004   Paris
    48° 51' 38.2464" N, 2° 21' 8.0388" E