Performance Night #1: GENRE COLLAGE, People Like Us / DONJON, Cécile Babiole & Vincent Goudard

Wed, 02.02.2011
Feb 02.02.
Auditorium HKW


Cécile Babiole & Vincent Goudard (fr)

DONJON is an audiovisual concert performance in which the performers gleefully deconstruct a wide range of objects culled from popular culture, particularly audiovisual equipment: turntables, radios, computers, musical instruments, telephones, video cameras – but also cocktail blenders, battery chickens, and various other domestic and fantastic appliances of ages past and present. All the consumer goods are shown in 3D animation and projected onto a large screen at the back of the stage. The performance consists in making the objects malfunction, subjecting them to accidents, breakdowns, and audiovisual contortions. Thanks to very special interfaces reminiscent of the 1980s penny arcade aesthetic the two players interact with the 3D sound-emitting objects, manhandling them sometimes in intersecting, crisscross fashion, with the sound controlling certain visual parameters and vice versa. By rotating, flattening, dismembering and looping both, sound and image, the performers construct/deconstruct, generate and modulate a musical imaging game that evolves into a veritable audiovisual concert, which is then varied in each succeeding show.

DONJON is, in short, a settling of accounts with the glut of consumer merchandise that surrounds us. Cécile Babiole: visual conception, 3D animation, Jean-Michel Dumas: music, Vincent Goudard: music, Renaud Rubiano: programming, Soixante circuits and Mathieu Peyroulet Ghilini: interfaces.


Genre Collage
People Like Us (uk)

By combining compositing techniques, audio/music collage, and animation, People Like Us (in collaboration with Tim Maloney) examine the concept of "genre". By manipulating patterns, syntax, moods, narrative elements, recurring icons, characters and film stars held within selected movie genres/sub-genres (i.e. action, adventure, comedy, crime/gangster, drama, epics/ historical, horror, musicals, science fiction, war and westerns), they create a humorous, surrealistic, yet informative take on the content held within. The sound is partially taken from the films and partly from music holding corresponding messages, moods and lyrical content. The moving parts are cut around and collaged into each scene, complete with the source's accompanying audio and added contextual musical collage.


Presented in joint collaboration between transmediale and CTM.