Videoart at Midnight #91: Pauline Curnier Jardin

19 Jan 2018

Kino Babylon

Berlin, Germany


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We were hit by her oustanding installation Grotta Profunda Appronfundita at the 57th Venice Biennale, learned that she lives in Berlin and are now proud to have Pauline Curnier Jardin as our first guest in 2018.


I have this cosmological tendency, I always want to create a universe, a universe that itself has this naive ambition to confound the logic that divides human and nonhuman, rationality and emotion, sacred and profane, ally and enemy, masculine and feminine, showing instead how each is capable of interacting and combining, how each has alternatives, possibilities, and the freedom to do wonderful things.  

In my previous film and staged works I have revisited, Joan of Arc, Bernadette Soubirou, the Goddess Demeter, The birth of Jesus and his Saint Family, the Anatomic Theatre of the Renaissance, the dark side of the same Renaissance, the specters of World Wars, exploitation and destruction that haunt the European past and present. My so-called baroque, grotesque and at times dark aesthetics mix influences from B-movies, folklore, dance, anarchy and epic poetry, catholic and pagan ritual, realness of the streets and village parties, drawing inspiration from earlier experimental film-makers to nowadays contemporaries, but also from the innumerous and nameless creators of popular culture and from Nature herself.” – Pauline Curnier Jardin

Pauline Curnier Jardin will show:

Teetotum2017, 3 min
In this very short film, Teetotum, Pauline Curnier Jardin staged the vicious and colorful games that a group of children play while their mother is trying to relax in the garden.

Cœurs de Silex (Hearts of Flint), 16 mm transfered in HD,  2012, 40 min
An ally, an occupant, a witch, a mystic, a trainer and a violent child. This movie is inspired by the traumatic history of a little suburbian french city : Noisy-le-Sec, bombed by the allies in 1944.
The six characters build up together a funny and scathing epic in a non-time, post apocalyptic, pre-apocalytic, a time of crisis where only earth is allowed to eat.

Explosion ma babysuper 8 transferred on HD, 2016, 8 min
It’s August. Feel the suffocating heat of the sun penetrating your skin. All around you, an abundance of flesh is spinning. Thousands of men offer up the naked bodies of baby boys to the angelic icon of San Sebastian. Screams, colours, chants and explosions. Money-garlands. Imagine no women except me. Wait, yes, behind us women are following with devotion, all dressed up in well pressed clothes and their stocking feet. Now, come back here. Imagine how badly I fell in love with this. I desperately want to be part of it. To be there. I wanted to belong. But I know that I can’t. And so I try to capture it on film. I go there and film it every year, over and over, again and again.

Grotta Profunda les humeurs du gouffre (Grotta Profunda the moody chasms), 2011, 28min
Bernadette Soubirous, the holy visionnary from Lourdes, once see and hear an invisible and religious Something which encourages her to look for the Truth about the origins of Humanity inside a deep cave instead of taking its apparition as a response. That’s when a strange crowd poped up on her way in the grotto.

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