Arles 2012: The Night by Samantha Rouault
Sometimes the enthusiasm crosses the bridge and then runs out of steam.
In the dark of the night, the letters NUIT DE L’ANNEE float proudly down the Rhône.
The idea was good and remains so, the day after a festive evening.
With eyes wide open—that’s how you have to come to Arles—everything seemed concentrated to absorb the beautiful images.
Figures in the darkness punctuated a landscape that was linear where we would have preferred a loop, whose shape would certainly be more suitable for an event like this.
The soundtracks were largely inappropriate, and could have been better thought out. Finding the right balance between the projected image and the sound is a real challenge.
Too many of the images were poorly defined, instilling a sense of déjà vu, but a few series presented by Polka and others caught my eye: Second Thoughts by Igor Posner (Prospekt), On a retrouvé Chrysalide by Théophile Trossat and Emilien Urbano (Hans Lucas), Les enfants de Mahaba by Mat Jacob (Tendance Floue), Clichés de campagne by Guillaume Binet, Lionel Charrier and Ulrich Lebeuf (Myop - Inter), and Les chaînes d'arpaio by Jon Lowenstein (Noor)
Read the full text of this article by Samantha Rouault in the French version of Le Journal.