Silence in the awakening of the worlds - the black anti sun
Live Cinema con Vincent Moon & Guests
Invitation to the film-trance, Friday 22nd March 2024, Barcelona, CC Convent Sant Agustí.
The way we show the world helps to change the way we see it, changing the way we look helps to change a world flooded with images.
Faced with the monotonous and maddening barbarism of the media and the networks that make us see without seeing, that simplify reality by reducing it to spectacular events and violence, Vincent Moon invites us to stop the machines and go out to meet each other.
To interrupt the noise of the world, not to escape from the horror of the ongoing war or from the clear perception of a civilisation advancing towards the abyss.
To interrupt the noise of the world in order to prepare oneself to the encounter, to receptivity, to listening.
Vincent Moon, independent filmmaker and sound explorer, who has been travelling the world for twenty years, will spend a week travelling with us between Barcelona and the mountains of the Pyrenees, encountering known and unknown music, and an invisible art of living and resisting.
The week will culminate in a Live Cinema or Film-Trance session at the CC Convent Sant Agustí on Friday 22 March 2024.
Vincent Moon says: "I long to rediscover, to rework a link with ancestral tonalities and rhythms, forms of trance...". From the Dhikr (remembrance) of Sufi tariqas in Chechnya, Ethiopia or Turkey; to months in the interior of Brazil or Peru, or incursions in Jakarta, Argentina or Morocco: "A kind of experimental ethnography, trying to hybridise all these genres of trance and music in different parts of the world (...) I think we are recording to gain a certain complexity (...) To reinvent life today we have to elaborate new forms of imagery. And it's very simple. You have to go out into the encounter (...) You break down the barriers to the encounter with the body more than with knowledge. This is what travelling taught me, to trust the memory of the body more than the memory of the brain. Respect is a step forward.
A poetic approach to the everyday. Exploring rhythm and tonality in the sound and visual resonance between beings and elements and things.
"Encounter is the fundamental thing. Meeting people, like the Troubadours (...) Film is an excuse to create a very special moment in the present, in the reality of now".
The Australian Aborigines used to say that "everything slumbers beneath the surface of the earth waiting to be called". - On the acoustic and visionary journey with Vincent Moon we go out to meet voices that continue to sing among the ruins, calling into existence another life, another reality, another truth.
"When I arrive at a place, I ask myself what is important to film today? - Vincent Moon's visit is twofold: on the one hand to explore some experiences that are "important to film today"; on the other hand, a moment of encounter and projection in Barcelona, with his Live Cinema or Film-Trance - sound and visual exploration.
Vincent Moon's work connects with one of the investigations opened at the Unidentified Video Observatory: Silence in the awakening of worlds. At first, this research started from taking the visionary experience seriously and investigating the ways in which it unfolds, through the cracks of this world, from Surrealism to the current decline of naturalist secularism. In a second moment, which we have called first: The Mirror of the Night ("Mirrors: no one has yet described, knowing it,/ What you are in your being,/ You, like interstices of time,/ Filled only with holes of sieve. / You, still wasters of the empty room,/ At the hour of twilight, vast as forests..."); and now: The black anti sun, which starts from taking seriously Rilke's intuition in the Sonnets to Orpheus: "Gesang ist Dasein" (To sing is to exist).
"But the great black anti suns, wells of truth in the essential weft, in the grey veil of the curved sky, come and go and suck each other in and men call them ABSENCES" (René Daumal) "These splendours, the human being's aim is to collect them (...) And it is, precisely by struggling against the splendours of the black anti-sun, that the human being is to collect them (...). And it is precisely by fighting against the inertia of the body and the sleep of the soul, by practising techniques of awakening - physical awakening, mental awakening - a kind of "long, immense and reasoned alteration of all the senses", which allow us to overcome the material and spiritual order of this world, in short, by leading a counter-life" (Jacques Lacarrière, Les Gnostiques).