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Bring Us To Ourselves Mikhail

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video HD, 16'34'', 2009

Projection Format: HD

Dialogue : Russian

Subtitiles : English, French, Spanish

Production: Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains

Edition of 3

In an airport somewhere, a puppet of Mikhail Gorbachev gives a monologue in the dark, gripped by the threat of the catastrophe erupting outside. Powerless and unable to react, he awaits the creeping collapse of his world. Bring us to ourselves, Mikhail is a video-essay, somewhere in-between a fiction-documentary and a filmed puppet-show .

At the origin of this project is a Louis Vuitton promotional photograph showing Mikhail Gorbachev in a black limousine passing by the Berlin Wall. Literally derived from the text of the advertisement which presents the imaginary scene of Gorbatchev coming back from an historically important conference, the story freezes the exact moment when the picture was captured, and brings it to a parallel scenario enabling to reflect on the relationships between History, tragedy, representation and subjectivity through the animation of a full size Gorbatchev puppet by two professionals puppeteers.

The Russian voice-over, (with English or French subtitles), articulates the pieces of a fictitious conference, built from authentic texts written or read by Gorbachev.

video HD, 16'34'', 2009 Projection Format: HD Dialogue : Russian Subtitiles : English, French, Spanish Production: Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains Edition of 3 In an airport somewhere, a puppet of Mikhail Gorbachev gives a monologue in the dark, gripped by the threat of the catastrophe erupting outside. Powerless and unable to react, he awaits the creeping collapse of his world. Bring us to ourselves, Mikhail is a video-essay, somewhere in-between a fiction-documentary and a filmed puppet-show . At the origin of this project is a Louis Vuitton promotional photograph showing Mikhail Gorbachev in a black limousine passing by the Berlin Wall. Literally derived from the text of the advertisement which presents the imaginary scene of Gorbatchev coming back from an historically important conference, the story freezes the exact moment when the picture was captured, and brings it to a parallel scenario enabling to reflect on the relationships between History, tragedy, representation and subjectivity through the animation of a full size Gorbatchev puppet by two professionals puppeteers. The Russian voice-over, (with English or French subtitles), articulates the pieces of a fictitious conference, built from authentic texts written or read by Gorbachev.
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