“Voyageur 1608” – 200 years of French presence in N. America

From the glacial Winds of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, all the way to the Golf of Mexico, from Terre Neuve to the Louisiana, « Voyageur » finds his Franco American roots and travels in time. A docu-fiction filmed as an historical documentary, mixing past and present in a new narrative form, this 10,000 miles road movie, searches for a path in the past on the traces of the Nouvelle France in Northern America.

The character, a historian journalist dressed as a voyageur from the 17th century, becomes a “coureur des bois”, and retraces the steps of a 200 years odysey during his journey; he tells us the most extraordinary untold story about the French Presence in Northern America by walking the land.

Music, Strong characters and beautiful sceneries, 52 minutes of pure historical entertainment by talented film director Jean Dulon.

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Jean Dulon is a fascinating character, a grand Journalist and a talented film director.
In this journey, he cruises Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Quebec, searching for the traces of French cultures in these regions of Canada, on the footsteps of his previous film, “la Voie de la prairie” (The voice of the Meadow”), a  documentary about the disappearing  French language of these region of Canada, earlier known as the “meadow”, here it is :

Courtesy of Jean Dulon, Jimmy Leipold.

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“The Spring of Bourges” – Music Festival review

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festival_bourge2014The 2014 edition of the worldly acclaimed music festival “Printemps de Bourges” (“Spring time in Bourges”) was for this 38 edition of the event a very unique “pot pourrie” of musical venues.

I could only attend for 48 hours of the music extravaganza but what I heard and witnessed was, once again, beyond my expectations. 

The Printemps de Bourges has always been the world laboratory for the discovery of new talent.
It is hosted in the town of Bourges, located in central France, and the festival is probably one of the top 5 musical event in Europe for the festival goers and and the industry. From fresh New talents to prestigious world renown block busters of the music scene, Labels, booking agents, managers and music aficionados all gather for an entire week and the city transform itself into a Meca of sound and melodies for the enchantment of its goers and of the people of the town. 

Born in Bourges, I have attended 29 festival up to now, never missed the incredible chance to discover music at its glance and to discover the new trends in music. I have seen the festival transformed itself, following the moving and ever changing rhythms of time and melodious music scene.

Attending Bourges’s Printemps as a journalist means a lot of walking, a lot of listening, a lot of emotions and discoveries.
I enjoy walking through the banks of the Auron, the river that traverse the medieval city to attend the various places where the festival takes hold and mingle with the crowd. The “Printemps”, as it is refered by everyone,  is the largest indoor venue on the European music scene.  It takes place all over the beautiful town of Bourges  in various locations  : this year they inaugurated a renovated “W” scene which every night welcomes 6000 “festivaliers” (the French word for people attending the festival), the Palais d’Auron, the city’s musical biggest concert hall, the “22” a smallest venue for upcoming artists, the Auditorium, the prestigious Palace of Jacques Coeur, the 1000 year old Cathedral (Patty Smith Performance in 2013 in the Cathedral was one of the most memorable event of that year)…And the off festival in the 50 bars in the town that for a week welcome the French music scene and transforms the entire town into a musical heaven.

The blockbuster and young prodigy Stromae opened the show this year with a spectacle of lights, Rythm and entertainment that electrified its public. The Belgium young raising star was followed by a series of well known musical blockbusters, ie Shaka Ponk, Skip the Use, that gathered the Electro-Rock public. If ou want to get a taste of this year’s selection of artists, I  invite you to discover Biffy Clyro, a Scottish formation of electronic musicians, Simon Neil, Bisou BisouOlympia Fields, tha Arctic Monkeys, Christine and the queens, Week end Affair, the young Reggae man  Naâman, and Cats on Trees.

My 3 favorite 2014 “coup de coeur”
. Benjamin Clementine,  an english musician, poet, and pianist who gave and outstanding performance  in the historical Palace Jacques Coeur.
. The Tindersticks, the english Indie-Rock formation led by Stuart Stapples, performed in the Cathedral
. The “les ogres de Barback“, a French brotherhood of 4 brothers and sisters that came to bourges this year with an African Fanfare EyoN’lé.

Emerging artists and new electric scene form an incredible combination that appeals top the wide public of the festival. It’s genra is spectacular, the variety of its attendance in age, social profile, music taste is, to my knowledge, unique in the world and it’s always a wonder and a surprise to arrive, after reading the little interactive app presentation of the musician, to discover new voices, new rhythms, new sounds and to witness the energy of the young public attending the event.

I was in Bourges for a little more than 48 hours this year, I did not sleep much and attended as many concerts as I could. I feel privileged and extremely lucky to be covering the festival alone as it gives me total freedom to move, search and discover emerging artists and new sounds. 

Some facts about the Festival

. 500 concerts in  6 days
. 240,000 people attending (it triple the population of the town)
. 90 % of the concerts are full
. 380 Journalists from all over the world.
. The Festival team is over 1,000.

Links to follow up to learn, see and hear more

http://www.printemps-bourges.com/en/accueil/bienvenue.php
Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Printemps-de-Bourges
Twitter : https://twitter.com/PrintempsDB
Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeDj2e7MeXRYgGtNL9sPT5g
Instagram : https://instagram.com/leprintempsdebourges/

The 2014 program and the portfolio of posters

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“The Blue walk of Portland, a Film and Art walkabout”- Portland, Maine 2014

A Blue trail walk in Portland, Maine,

through Art and light installations and

Vine projections on 15 buildings of the town.

Various sources :

http://www.cultcut.com/

A selection of 100 cultscenes to project on 3 walls of the city

Source :

http://www.youtube.com/user/DamfiknowsQuotes

Usine the Vine network :

Create an online Web Video internet.

Vine is a mobile service that lets you create and share short looping videos.
Videos you post on Vine appear on your profile and are shared with your followers.
You can also share them instantly to Facebook or Twitter.

We would project Vines in different categories on different walls, and one wall would be dedicated to Portland Vines, people could post them instantly and see them live !

Example of Vines :

https://vine.co/v/hTWQQZnX0D6

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To be continued…

 

 

CINEMANTIK – ARCHIVES FILMS

Cinemantik.com

Cinemantik.com (or www.archivesfilms.com)  is a Multimedia Film Archive web site that we launched in 2013.

Fascinated by old footage, we are collecting films from around the world, and making it available to the WWW.

As a multimedia producer organ, we help multimedia project through an international network of film directors, photographs, producers that we are happy to share.

The archival film bank is available for any use for artistic pieces/projects or nationally, european or internationally broadcasted documentaries and programming.

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«I am prepared to go anywhere, provided it be forward.» – D.Livingstone

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An “Esprit Voyageur” would be a free spirit that travels through life with an open mind and a willingness to discover and share new horizons, whether they are geographical, musical, or artistic.

In this eclectic web site, you will find many different sources of entertainment and inspiration varying from Music festivals to Fine Arts, photography, travel blogs or simple web links to unusual places, videos or online wonders that our team has discovered for you. In the past 5 years of existence, we have had over 1,5 millions individual viewers, thank you ! keep spreading the vibe and sharing the content.

Neil Young Inducts Tom Waits – “Make It Rain” and “Rain Dogs”

 I am aTom Waits fan…So I am happy to relay this short video made during the induction of Mr Waits at the Rock and Roll hall of fame in April 2011. I was fortunate to see Mr Waits in concert a few years ago, in Paris. Astounded at the price I had to pay to get in, the only thing I could afford on my way out, was a little booklet from Tom Waits. Here is a page of it…

Tom Waits (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion); born December 7, 1949).
Tom Waits is a gruff-voiced, big-hearted singer/pianist who is to songwriting what Charles Bukowski is to poetry, Jack Kerouac is to prose and Edward Hopper is to painting. A true original, Waits’ specializes in story-songs about all kinds of beautiful losers: nighthawks, boozers, grifters, drifters, dreamers, con men and other flotsam from the underbelly of American life. A canny street poet, he sings in a gravelly voice shaped early in his career by a predilection for unfiltered cigarettes and strong drinks. He’s given up drinking but the growl remains – sturdy, impassioned, hard-bitten, one-of-a-kind.

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Kiss on a Frog !

Influenced by groups such as Blowzabella, Djal, Nigel EATON, Chicago Transit Authority, Patrick BOUFFARD, Red Dog Green Dog…

This ensemble of musician performed a tune composed by Jessica Hardy, the flutist and gifted composer in the clip.
The Hurdy Gurdy, “Vielle” in french has always been an instrument that I admired and loved.

And, from the same day :

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Musicians :
Philippe RICHOUDEAU – guitare basse
David “Doudou” RICHOUDEAU – guitare folk
Vincent COUETTE – derbouka, cajon
Jessica “Jess” HARDY – flûte traversière, penny whistle, didjeridoo bambou
Lynn COUTY  – Clarinette, saxophone, flûtes
David THOMAS –  Violon, vielle, accordéon diatonique

More about them : http://www.myspace.com/kissonafrog

“Artistime.fr”- Living Tableaux

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March 2013 : Projection of 3 films on the facade of the Abbey of Pontlevoy during the international Theatre Festival.

 ”The Artistime exhibition provides a means to travel in time and space, mentally and philosophically.” Nils Aziosmanoff – Director of the Cube, Interactive Digital exhibition space, Paris.

Artisitime is an Art exhibition revolving around the notion of time,  a collection of 100 films, lasting from 3 minutes to sometimes several hours, an invitation to reflect on the forever changing aspect of our environment and lives. Contrary to ordinary programming the films do not provide a storyline,  the viewer is entranced by nature’s simple rhythm in time, an acquiescence to a peaceful place.

Through Guided imagery and accompanied by ambient sounds of nature, original musical compositions, or pure silence, spectators are enticed to dream and reflect on their own thoughts. The complete films, an expression of dynamic art, are an invitation to relax, to reflect, and discover contemporary living tableaux.

Projecting images improves the aesthetic environment, encourages time travel, reduces anxiety levels and…entertains. Considered as “windows of tranquility”, a respite from today’s stressful society and much more, since the content and scope is vast and versatile. The projected images can shape and inspire very diverses environments ie; provide large scale works of Art, build or forge an identity and occupy a myriad of spaces, private or public; ie: Galeries, Cultural Centers, Hospitals, Airports, Stages, Restaurants, Offices, Homes…. Dreamscenes can also contribute to the healing process; ie: hospitals, doctor’s offices, laboratories, as they create an environment conducive to relaxation and provides a positive distraction and a perspective on the world.

The complete movies are original works of Art produced in limited series. IMG_0574 IMG_05843

“The interaction between Images and sounds is one of the fascinating experience of this exhibition. An artistic important dimension. We were astounded to see the impact of the films on the visitors of the museum over time. People would come back several times, bring their families, and would stand sometimes more than 10 minutes in front of a sunrise, or one of Alban’s trasnformed dreamscene. “ Jean Paul Caley – Curator of the Museum of Vendome, France.

Peruse the web site of the exhibition : www.artistime.fr

 

Web Links !

Perusing the web is the last thing you should do…Go take a walk…But if you have to, you can check some of these links..

Jim Wilson | God’s Chorus of Crickets | crickets audio recording slowed way down

Tom Waits (on Jim Wilson): “Wilson, he’s always playing with time. I heard a recording recently of crickets slowed way down. It sounds like a choir, it sounds like angel music. Something sparkling, celestial with full harmony and bass parts – you wouldn’t believe it. It’s like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it’s just slowed down, they didn’t manipulate the tape at all. So I think when Wilson slows people down, it gives you a chance to watch them moving through space. And there’s something to be said for slowing down the world.”

Source: “Woyzeck to run at Freud Playhouse”. Daily Bruin (USA), by Andrew Lee. December 3, 2002
Find more on the recording on this link: www.democraticunderground.com/10023815586

Borrowing journalistic postures they smash formats with humour or with poetry. Playing with oxymoron and manipulating images, they bend and move points of view reclaiming their subjectivity … What are the strategies of these contemporary artists who in gathering up information melt and remap the world? source : http://www.orevo.com/2011/10/05/vimeo-html5-test/

. The Arctic Light by : TSO Photography

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Theo Jansen : Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor. He builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals that are able to walk using the wind on the beaches of the Netherlands. His animated works are a fusion of art andengineering; in a car company television commercial Jansen says: “The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.” He strives at equipping his creations with their own intelligence to manage avoiding obstacles, by changing their course when one is detected, such as the sea itself.

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. Women…. :

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

. Evolution :  Hans Rosling’s 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes – The joy of Stats – BBC four

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. Rutt-Etra-Izer: l’art vidéo en application web

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. Battleship Island – Japan’s Rotting Metropolis


. Edouard Salier – 3D Clip Director

He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died

. BDM pour le magazine du bout du monde : http://www.boutsdumonde.com/

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. http://www.europeana.eu/portal/