23:00 | FRIDAY 7. 12. 2012 | Theatre K3
Metamkine consider audio-visual performance as a specific genre – improvisation in which sound and image have an equal role. They project from several projectors, they overlap and layer images on the screen, and they compose an ephemeral image out of individual light flashes.
If expanded cinema was considered a genre, Metamkine would be its long-shining star. The band came into being in 1987 when the filmmakers Christopher Auger and Xavier Quérel joined forces with the musician Jérôm Noetinger in Grenoble. From the very beginning it was more than a mere projection accompanied by live sound. Metamkine consider audio-visual performance as a specific genre – improvisation in which sound and image have an equal role. They project from several projectors, they overlap and layer images on the screen, and they compose an ephemeral image out of individual light flashes. An awareness of "where is the screen" and "what is the projection" disappears in their performances. The images are thrown into the space, overlaid, smashed by many optical instruments and mirrors, and vice versa, they polarize into the same point so that they compose a new image. The filmmakers' instruments are 16mm projectors and the compact disc recorder Revox serves as the source of sound. By means of gestures they manipulate films with projectors; the films are accelerated, stopped, rewound and burnt during the projections. Concerning music, the performances proceed from the sound potential of a recorder. It is possible to hear fragments of sound and music recorded on tape, but also the sounds of the recorder itself; retroaction, tape echoes and other noise manifestations typical of analogue electronics. Metamkine's live performances are always considered a fascinating experience. The audience is attacked by stroboscopic flashes accompanied by sudden explosions of noise during their concerts. At the same time they are able to stay on the boundary of visibility for long minutes and then suddenly move to become a sharp light. Our experience is thus largely created by our own concentration and the unsteady photosensibility of our eyes. The images that we can see are not really on the screen, but we create them through the abilities of our eyes.
When other people started getting rid of most of laboratory equipment, the musicians established the MTK production studio and started gathering obsolete trick optical printers, chemical instruments and Bolex film cameras. They thus became one of the first film "Labs" – private film manufactories – to offer services to interested persons who wished to shoot and process films far beyond the boundaries of normal laboratory standards. The MTK studio was later followed by many other Labs in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels. Metamkine have closed their studio to the public, but they still experiment there with chemistry, optical printing and other marginal forms of the film image.
- Martin Blažíček
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