Performing a film, live

At the crossroads of dance, in situ performance and architecture, Gilles Viandier could not but be inspired by the work of Alain Bublex, one of the most singular French visual artists of his generation, born in Lyon in 1961 and a former industrial designer at Renault. From the first Rambo film – First Blood – released in 1982, Bublex retained only the landscape to create An American Landscape, an animated film with a powerful soundtrack. Gone are Sylvester Stallone and all human presences. Transforming our gaze of the original version, Alain Bublex reveals new spectres and plunges us into the mental space of the absent main character. In the camouflage of the vector drawings and the greens of the American landscape, echoing the piece Sinople presented in the exhibition space, the film is activated in front of the screen by a performance that will dislocate the certainties and play with the original narrative.


In La Chambre claire (1980), Roland Barthes chose the word “spectrum” to underline the relationship between photography and show. It is the target, the referent of a photograph: an object or a human being. The person photographed is at the same time the one s.he believes himself to be, the one s.he would like to be believed, the one the photographer believes him.her to be, the one s.he uses to exhibit his.her art. The intersection of these four imaginaries provokes a feeling of inauthenticity, like that generated by the absence of the film’s protagonists, which sends the viewer / Spectator back to his or her function as a target.


Concept, choreography and performance: Gilles Viandier / Direction and drawings of An American Landscape: Alain Bublex / Editing: Cyprien Nozieres / Music: Denis Vautrin / Production: Théâtre de l’Odyssée, Scène conventionnée Art et Création à Périgueux – festival Mimos / Agence culturelle départementale Dordogne-Périgord / Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois / Association Promenade d’artiste.  Photos: Line Muckenstürm.

Garden of the Espace culturel F. Mitterrand, Périgueux – Thursday July 7. 2022 at 9.30 pm – Duration: 40 min