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Christophe Bailleau

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Christophe Bailleau is a multidisciplinary artist.
For nearly ten years, he has been developing an unusual musical project. His compositions are built on acoustic sources (guitar, percussion and vocal sounds) that are treated and mixed with every day sounds. He has developed an approach based on waiting, silence and stormy tension.
Since 2004, his compositions have been put out by various European labels (Le cri de la harpe, Stilll, Carte postale, Eglantine, Annexia, Fenetre records, Soundscaping...).
He also creates sound poetry produced for radio and sound installations, often in collaboration with Julie Marechal; they also create photographic work together.
Christophe has also directed short films that are intriguing and poetic – recordings of the moments lost before or after action. His musical performances are often accompanied by his non-narrative films, in which the feeling of solitude and a sense of the absurd are omnipresent.
His videos are like unidentified incursions into our days and nights; they attract us in their care for unique detail, in their thick darkness as in their vibrating lights. Here, silent characters, both close and distant, wander through the houses and landscapes of a semi-wild countryside. These ghostly presences direct us to workrooms for other mental images. Guided mainly by the exploration of sensation and intuition, Christophe Bailleau’s soundtrack is composed of electronic processing, piano, guitar, fugitive voices and field recordings, which determine the meaning of a strange “story” - without ever defining it.

This DVD production has received the support of the Ministry of the French-speaking community of Belgium – Directorate-General for Culture - Visual Arts department and Trancultures asbl.