(E)Motion by Wim Wenders | Revisiting personal archives
Exactly today, one year ago, me and Vlad were in Paris, visiting Wim Wenders’s (E)Motion cinematic architectural installation in the nef of the Grand Palais. It was truly mind-lifting in terms of aesthetics & technology and a blend of cinema & projection like I’ve never seen before. I mean, with Wenders’s films, you do have what to play with.
So, in times of covid, here I am, revisiting my archives from last year and bringing out what’s worthwhile (yes, i’m the overworker type of coper).
A few things about (E)Motion
Nor a video work of art, nor installation nor a mere projection, (E)Motion was a one of a kind way to exhibit Wim Wenders cinema as an art object. The director created a dedicated montage from all his films, removing any kind of narrative frame to enchant the gazes of the viewers. With the help of ATHEM, in charge with the scenography, the grand Nef du Grand Palais de Paris was dancing filled with frames from Paris, Texas, Buena Vista Social Club, The Soul of a Man or Pope Francisc: A Man of His Word. The projection device brevetted by ATHEM included 12 4K projectors that covered almost the entire Nef (270°)
Watch the timelapse
I don’t know what it is: it’s not cinema, it’s not architecture, it’s walking around in a movie. You can turn around, you can start dancing if you want.
It’s a kaleidoscope, you don’t know where the architecture starts, where the movie begins or ends.
Wim Wenders, for Grand Palais. Available here.
Here are some quick snapshots taken with my phone… sorry for the unsatisfying quality