Le Cube, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, 2008

It’ll Be Allright, Le Cube, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, 2008

Rain, festival Le Chantier, Paris, 2006 / Photography J. Cornille

Excerpt from the show Que seriez-vous prêts à risquer ?, La Grange à Musique, Creil, 1986

What would you be willing to risk? plunges the viewer into the ambiguity of a television game in which the musical guest is Clair Obscur. We do not know if it is a masquerade or actually a live broadcast. The control operates, the cameras are there, the presenters animate, cards in hand, Clair Obscur appears at regular intervals. Everything is there: the decor (green plants, Venetian blinds, lounge area), the literary guest, the scientific guest… To reinforce the real aspect of a TV game, it has been announced throughout the city by a car, in the colors of the game, which broadcasted with a loudspeaker the time and place of the show and distributed leaflets to passersby.

The end of the representation approaches, everything switches. The show is destroyed from the inside because one of the competitors admits live and despite himself a heinous crime. The host, overwhelmed by events symbolizes a television that pursues the sensational and implodes from excessive indecency: the backfire is violent. The latest images switch into the fantastic and accentuate the gravity of the subject: we see speleologists coming down from the sky and, in slow motion, disassemble the scenery, oh so ephemeral.

Statues, festival Plages, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, 1983 / Director René Licata. Editing Alic Bonneton. Production A.C.D 2005. Extract from the DVD RVB-Transfert, images de la scène indépendante française 1979-1991