Photo: Bryony McIntyre

La Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine

Adamantly analogue, inspiring and frequently chaotic in performance, Metamkine draw no distinction between image and sound; during their intuitively improvised performances music and images are created simultaneously and equitably.  Christophe Auger and Xavier Quérel station themselves in front of the audience, with a bank of 16mm and 8mm projectors, from where they fire out blasts of image, bounced off mirrors onto the screen behind them. 

Working around a core narrative, they cause eddies of impromptu image to spill onto the screen, fragmented by prisms and filters or warped by changes in speed, all leading to an evocative dance of birth and death, where film is developed as it passes through the projectors, starting in negative, being born into positive before the chemicals ignite and the film burns in a riot of colour and form.  Reacting as if to musicians, Jérôme Noetinger, using only a mixing desk, Revox tape recorders, a clutch of amplified objects and a couple of korg synthetizers, improvises disparate electro-acoustic sounds that mirror, feed from and inspire the dreamlike, evocative images in front of him.  It’s an utterly unique experience and exactly the kid of work that this festival is proud to celebrate.

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