Music blends with imagery

Bonjour India

Mixing different mediums together in the process of exploring art is in fashion these days. As part of the ‘Bonjour India’ fest, ‘Bangalore 360 by Puce Muse’, a monumental concert, was held at the St Francis Xavier’s Church grounds recently.

Using electronic music and visual graphics, this concert amazed the audience. The audience dropped all prejudices, and opened themselves to absorb the imagery, its effects and the musical sounds. The images and sounds played live by Serge de Laubier via the meta-instrument, designed by Puce Muse, along with 12 young musicians who made sound effects with joysticks, added to the surprise element.

While the concert replicated a 3D digital show, the various dimensions and the magic of lights made it a firework of creativity. There was a segment in the concert, where church music seemed to play while the eye-dwelling imagery continued. Commenting on the performance, Serge said, “Such a concert always takes a lot of effort. This concert cannot be repeated anywhere, since each concert like this is specific to the place it’s performed at and projects imagery of that particular building.” From making projections of photographs sent to Serge, to the music, the effort took him about a month.

The ‘Bonjour India’ festival also saw Alliance Française hosting ‘An Evening with Short Films’ recently.

A programme created with the support of Unifrance, it gave space for audiences of all ages to discover and celebrate old and new short films, which are fuelled by artistic expression and limited only by their runtime.

From documentary to animation, narrative to experimental, the abbreviated form is no longer just for the novice — short films have and will continue to be an important part of cinema, storytelling and culture.

A variety of short films belonging to different genres, regions and durations were screened at the event. There was ‘The Postcard’ by Stéfan Le Lay about a young man who lives in a coloured postcard, falling in love with a young woman who lives in a black and white postcard. There was the 31-minute-long ‘The Mozart of Pickpockets’ by Philippe Pollet-Villard, about petty pickpockets in the Parisian neighbourhood of Barbès, teaching a deaf-mute Romanian child the tricks of their trade; and the surreal ‘Talking Dog for Sale, 10 Euros’ by Lewis-Martin Soucy, where a man talks about a strange ad for a talking dog.
Another plus point was the fact that many of these French films have won
accolades and awards in the short film section.

“Most of the films allowed the viewers to get a sense of France — it was like a slice of their culture being presented in linear or non-linear ways. A lot of ground was covered in a short span of time and all possible genres were seen. More festivals like this are needed in Bangalore,” says Akhil, who was present at the event.

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