Laurence Beaudoin Morin
CanterelOctober 26, 2023
Canterel follows in the tradition of road movies through solo performative explorations and orchestrated group scenes. The film is anchored in the landscapes of Montreal's Sud-Ouest district, through short scenes that interact with the physical and social spaces of the area. Always following the specific contours of the landscape, the idea is to immerse oneself, to let oneself be contaminated, and then to continue traveling in the state of mind of the Sud-Ouest's socio-cultural, historical and present-day soil.
In this cinematic exploration of performance, Canterel aims to bring the nooks and crannies of spaces to life with personal instruments, simple operations and subtle humor. Visual poems activate spaces with instruments such as gunpowder, a wick, rubber boots, balloons, a stool, a small table and whatever else comes along the way. It's a tightrope walk between pleasure and melancholy. The element of risk, too, becomes the stimulus for the senses. Sudden shocks and abrupt changes of mood determine the rhythm and atmosphere of this performative film. Explosive here, the creative context is one of perpetual jeopardy. This sometimes concerns the bodies, most of the time the objects and landscapes themselves, which suffice to attest to the scope of the pieces. Gravity is at play here, but so is gravitational attraction. The latter is reaffirmed as a living force intensified by its threat to the human condition of a neighborhood.
Film screening at CEDA, salle Léonie-Douziech-Chasles
Come and see Canterel at CEDA, salle Léonie-Douziech-Chasles, on October 26, 2023 at 7pm, for an outdoor screening.
-> We'll be there to welcome you with blankets. Dress warmly.
Laurence Beaudoin Morin's practice is focused on the territory, and seeks to assemble visual poems by displacing the elements of the landscape that make it up. Performance and video are the mediums she uses to recount her experience of space, and our own. Through this combination of gestures, the aim is to reveal and even suspend the creative process, in order to structure time and draw the eye to the barely visible. The random, the accidental, the dangerous, the catastrophic are staged, suggesting and implementing movement. These circumstances evoke the premises, expectations and results of a dynamic process that sometimes seems to defy the laws of physics. Something has happened, is happening or will happen in these landscapes. As a result, these events become part of improbable and absurd narratives, challenging both our society of spectacle and our world marked by the ideology of progress and the quest for achievement.