Avatar / Ohm Editions, 2004 (Canada)
Director : John Oswald
Photography : John Oswald
Scout : Julie Galibois
Graphist : John Oswald and Émile
Video edition : David Michaud
Instigator : Émile Morin
Coordinators : Claudine Moquin
Producer : Avatar 2003
OHM éditions, Avatar, 2004
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ABOUT JOHN OSWALD
John Oswald is above all an audio creator. His works have been broadcast
internationally on the radio, the stage, in concerts, on television,
in the cinema and in the computer and video media. Among others
he composed the score of the scenic version of the silent movie
classic Métropolis and the sound track for Hustler White.
Since the destruction of Plunderphonic, his most famous recording,
John Oswald has published under various labels. The first disc he
produced, Grayfolded, was proclaimed number one in international
productions by the Toronto Sun. Furthermore as a saxophonist, John
Oswald is a member of the Free Jazz CCMC group since 1976, accompanied,
among others, by Paul Dutton on voice and Micheal Snow on piano
John Oswald was awarded the prestigious Governor General's Award
in Visual and Media Arts in 2004
DVD proposes a cinematographic approach combining the contemplative gaze
we traditionnally fix upon a painting or a photographic still, with the
dynamic responsive way we view movies. This ghostly gathering of mutable
figures is the first feature-lenght picture by John Oswald, the infamous
perpetrator of Plunderphonics. Includes a bonus multilingual soundtrack
L'Arc d'apparition is an audio-visual installation made up of several
monitors where images of a DVD of the same name are broadcast. Concomitant
yet desynchonized, the sequences present a group of faces and full-length
portraits in constant mutation. In this first feature film, John Oswald
associated the contemplative aspect traditionally seen in painting
and photographs to the dynamic reaction to the works on the screen.
L'arc d'apparition offers an innovative form of cinema that the artist
The DVD was produced in 2003 during John Oswald's residence at Avatar,
an artist center dedicated to research and creation in audio and electronic
arts. Published by Ohm éditions, it was launched on the installation's
opening night, in the presence of the artist.