[Nov 21-23] Benoit Bories: In The Breath Of An Animal

The central idea in the intensive practices is to strongly accelerate the time of the various productive phases and thus to force the animal to adapt to this rhythm. Which can be the consequences of such a forced report, how saw this situation for animals gathered on small spaces in a sound and visual environment out of their natural framework of comprehension?
 By the sets of sound and visual compositions, their rhythmic and their tonalities, it is proposed here to question the importance of the respect of the temporality of life of livestock.

[Nov 21-23] Benoit Bories: In The Breath Of An Animal

Benoit Bories
Friday, Nov 21, 7pm (Reception)
Sat/Sun, Nov 22/23, 3 to 7pm (Open to the public)
Admission: FREE

Location: Harvestworks
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012
Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleecker

In the breath of the animal. A cross media-installation and a electroacoustic composition in the framework of animal breeding.

The central idea in the intensive practices is to strongly accelerate the time of the various productive phases and thus to force the animal to adapt to this rhythm. Which can be the consequences of such a forced report, how saw this situation for animals gathered on small spaces in a sound and visual environment out of their natural framework of comprehension?

By the sets of sound and visual compositions, their rhythmic and their tonalities, it is proposed here to question the importance of the respect of the temporality of life of livestock. In order to allow better overall picture of these problems, the spectators will pass from a framework of extensive reasoned breeding, with its own sonorities, with an industrial framework, having other sensory properties charged and moved away from nature from the animal. The installation was thought in two parts. The first primarily consists of photographs, some broad portraits of animals to create a close relation with the spectator. Then, the visitor enters in the place of industral breeding and lets himself little by little immerse by sound environments and visual of an industrial line production. I wanted to think the ambulation within the installation as a broken rhythm, that reports to the animal which distends to leave its natural environment to a cold and automated production line.

The spectators enter first of all in a corridor. On both sides of walls of this corridor, they can stop to look at portraits of breeding animals. At the end of the corridor, a curtain marks the entry of a space. Two systems of screen in three thicknesses with mosquito net are placed at the two angles vis-a-vis the entry. The screens consist of three layers of mosquito nets to print the images by giving a feeling of reliefs. They diffuse the video written jointly with sound creation. The spectators can in same time listen the sound creation with a 3D spatialized system. They nourish themselves, such of the animals in an enclosure, from  a sound creation accompanying the 8 minutes video. They are thus immersed in the universe of animals subjected to conditions of breeding going from an extensive farming to an agro-industrial model. This sound piece interferes organic sounds animals of breeding (breaths, chewing, shoes, cries, bleat), recomposed sound landscapes of their breeding environment and electroacoustic sounds. Some recordings are collected into binaural offering a feeling 3D to the spectators, immersing them as if they were in the place of breeding.

Video and photography James Keogh.

With the support of Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (French National Center of Cinematography).

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BIO

Benoit Bories is a documentarist and sound creator. He produces audio documentaries for France Culture, Arte Radio, Radio France International, RTBF and ABC Radio. He also works sound creations in the field of the live performance and trans-media productions (web-documentary, installations). In 2009, he founded Faïdos Sonore with Charlotte Rouault. Together, they animate workshops of sound creations for different public (education, museum and specialized institutes).  The physicist formation of  Benoit Bories and his practice of the sound him allowed to acquire an autonomy and a report of autodidact compared to sound creation. Benoit Bories gained the Price Bohemia 2013, Special Commendation of the Price Europa 2013 and has been finalist at the Prices Italia 2013 and Sheffield Documentary Award 2014 for the documentary “Camp sisterhood » produced by Arte Radio.

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