[spectre] ONLY RICHARD - Installation, cinema, theater and robotics

Thierry Fournier thierry at thierryfournier.net
Wed Sep 19 09:03:10 CEST 2018

Dear Spectre, 

I’m thrilled to announce the creation of a new work:

ONLY RICHARD, 2008-2018
Installation adapted from Richard II by William Shakespeare
Panorama #20, Le Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing (FR)
Sept 22th - Dec 30th, 2018 // Opening Sept 21th, 6pm-12pm

The installation Only Richard involves cinema, theater and robotics. It is adapted from Richard II by William Shakespeare, who describes a king whose conviction to escape the laws of reality by his divine nature leads him to destitution and death. Richard here takes the form of a large robotic arm which dialogues on a set with a film including all the other characters – at the same time as he manipulates it: frame, blur, speed… His voice is interpreted by the actress Emmanuelle Lafon.

The film was shot in a garden and a forest, with three actors and ten amateurs, mostly women. They face a subjective camera that acts like Richard’s eye – replayed in the installation by the robot’s gestures. A confrontation then unfolds between the actors and the amateurs, the machine and the living, the human and the non-human, the divine and the profane. The project address multiple questions on power, hubris, technique and politics, gender, manipulation of speech and image, presence and absence in the world.

http://www.thierryfournier.net/only-richard <http://www.thierryfournier.net/only-richard>
https://www.lefresnoy.net/fr/expo/panorama-20 <https://www.lefresnoy.net/fr/expo/panorama-20>

Video (1:2.35 format, color, stereo sound, 1h40, loop), sound projection, dance floor, robotic arm, computer and program, wood, canvas, aluminum, 600 x 600 x 215 cm

Translation: François-Victor Hugo (1872). 
Adaptation and direction of play Thierry Fournier and Jean-François Robardet
Performers: Emmanuelle Lafon (Richard’s voice), Pierre Carniaux, Eloïse Chabbal, Aurélie Claude, Charles Gonin, Mathieu Guigue, Sophie Jaskierowicz, Marianne Kaldi, Emilie Legret, Alexia Mérel, Claire Moindrot, Judith Morisseau, Tram Ahn Ngô, Sandrine Nicolas

Installation’s design with Jean-Baptiste Droulers, in dialogue with the Fresnoy, programming Etienne Landon and Mathieu Chamagne, sound editing and mixing with Marie Léon. Film production (2008-2009): Pandore Production, Ensad Nancy (Electroshop research and creation workshop), with the support of the Lorraine Region, the Chartreuse-CNES and the Dicréam / CNC. Production of the installation (2018) : Le Fresnoy – National Studio for Contemporary Arts.

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