technical info

2007

Video installation for 1 projector and 1 flatscreen monitor (synchronized)

2 x 42'48" (loop)?

HDV - colour - silent

Realization, camera & editing: Koen Theys

Director of photography: Rutger Debrabandere

Executive producer: Jeanne Boute

With: La Fanfare des Marolles & ses Majorettes, La Fanfare La Semeuse?

Production: Les Brigittines

Fanfare, Calme & Volupté - Koen Theys, 2007

Musicians and majorettes, seemingly dressed up for a public performance, are sound asleep. They have their brass instruments with them, but their drowsiness prevents them from playing. Time is suspended in this 'tableau vivant' and the tiniest gesture of one of the sleeping majorettes becomes an event, creating a tension in the image that contrasts with its picturesque composition. On the smaller screen, one can see the total view of the scene, while on the big screen details of that same scene appear. The title Fanfare, Calme & Volupté refers — not without humour — to the well-known refrain from Baudelaire's poem L'invitation au voyage from the collection entitles Les fleurs du mal (1857): "Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beaut", luxe, calme et volupté. In this love poem, Baudelaire gives free rein to his escapist oriental fantasies. In 1904 the poem inspired Henri Matisse, among others, to paint an impressionistic work with the same name. The notion of making a traditional genre clash with a contemporary issues does not arise out of nostalgia for a traditional visual idiom, but enables Theys to expose conflicts within contemporary art and culture better.