Xavier Quérel film performance at Art’s Birthday 17.1.2016

AAVE Circuits presents a film performance by Grenoble-based filmmaker Xavier Quérel at gallery MAA-tila (Helsinki), as part of the “Art’s Birthday 2016” program Hamletko? Ne! / Hamletmasque? est née!


Sat 17.1.2016 after 7pm
MAA-tila, Albertinkatu 19, Helsinki
Free entry!

Taking part in a performance of expanded cinema means giving oneself up to the synaesthetic experience, setting aside the traditional rules of film language and developing a receptive attitude, free of critical criteria… Light is the starting agent of this chain reaction, the projector its tool. Come and sit on the margins of traditional rules of cinema. Of course the basics are present: light, shutter, sound, screen, eye, brain, imagination. But conventions are overturned. The device is reversed, the projector becomes an instrument and the projectionist plays live in front of you. “Quelques minutes de soleil après minuit” offers a unique experience. The precision of movements unfolds a universe on the edge, between dream and reality, intimacy and chaos. Celluloid teases you, wild and fleeting. Fluxus saturate. Suspension, fragile silence. Flashes wake, the mechanical devices scream. Our retinas become unfaithful and let themselves drown in a pure and ephemeral moment.

Art’s Birthday party starts at 6pm and Xavier will perform after 7pm. There will be cake and wine, welcome!

The performance is part of the international Art´s 1.000.053th Birthday. The event is celebrated in Helsinki by Nomadic Academy of Experimental Arts. Xavier Quérel’s visit was made possible thanks to Filmverkstaden and The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki.

Filmverkstaden will also present Quérel’s performance in Vaasa at their Projectspace (Tvålfabriken, Levonsgatan 2) on Saturday 23.1.2016, 8pm.


Xavier Quérel is a filmmaker based in Grenoble active in different fields of experimental cinema focusing on performance with light and film. Quérel considers the cinema projector as an instrument. Applying his experience in improvisation, he has developed idiosyncratic techniques and ingenious manipulations allowing him to play with the spontaneity of a musician. He plays with “La Cellule d’intervention METAMKINE”, film/music performance based on improvisation, with Jérome Noetinger and Christophe Auger. He co-founded “L’Atelier MTK”, a collective ‘handcraft’ cinema laboratory for experimental cinema techniques.

>>> http://metamkine.free.fr/metamnotes.htm
>>> Link to video footage (Xavier Quérel’s performance starts at 1:15)