EVERYDAY IN VIDEO FICTION – Gabrielle Le Bayon’s Video Art

by Red Cell

Editor’s Note: The quality of these films is much better at the Artist’s site. Just follow the link on her name.

Using repetitive imagery, the French born London based videographer and installation artist Gabrielle Le Bayon produces personal works based in memory, space and association. We see her employing everyday life and politics in a highly subjective and true to life narrative. From her Bio: “Reflecting on conventional cinematic devices, her work experiments on the leeway of fictional structures and on the possibility of finding out a metaphor at the periphery of the subject matter through fragmentation, dissociation, repetition and performances effects.” She just finished her first show at the Royal College of Art.

L’Histoire de mes Lits
single video projection with sound / 4:3 SD / 15 minutes / 2009

L’Histoire de mes Lits is the inventory of all the beds I’ve slept in. I filmed myself making the beds where I have spent the night once. There are beds in country houses, family or friend’s houses, hired houses on the coast, flats in town, hotels. It is the account of a ritual, where spreading the blanket over the bed is like pulling the red curtain down onto the theatre of the night.
The action of making my bed everyday is an attempt to build a memory of the spaces that I visited once.

It’s Four In The Morning
single video projection with sound / 4:3 SD / 3.5 minutes / 2009

For over a month I traveled in the centre and the south of the island. Using a camcorder, I recorded moments I experienced in a place where the political situation and the ways people deal with this situation in their life, made a significant impression on me. Sri Lanka has been at war for many years and the people over there try to lead a normal life whereas the armed conflict between the Tamil rebels and the army threatens them on a daily basis.
With It’s Four In The Morning I associate signs of globalization in order to link the individual to the community and highlight the singularities that still exist in people’s everyday lives.

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