Born in 1947, Michel Chion is a composer, filmmaker, historian and writer – and arguably the world’s foremost thinker on sound in cinema.
In the 1970s he was a member of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), the influential collective led by composer and theoretician Pierre Schaeffer dedicated to furthering the art of ‘musique concrète’ through experiments in audiovisual communication, audible phenomena and music in general. It was at the GRM that Chion composed arguably his most famous work, Requiem, a noisy and surreal deconstruction of the Funeral Mass made whilst pondering the “troubled minority of the living, rather than the silent majority of the dead.”
Since the 1980s, Chion has written extensively on the relationship of sound and image in the cinema, publishing in 1990 what many consider the definitive theoretical guide to the subject, Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. In this momentous book, Chion advances a whole new lexicon for describing audio-visual concepts, via the works of Jacques Tati, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard and others. On reading, film scholar Claudia Gorbman was moved to name him “a poet in theoretician’s clothing.”
Michel Chion’s visit to New Zealand for the first time is an historic and unlikely-to-be repeated occasion.
Michel will present two events:
THU 31 Aug 2017
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland
A performance lecture tracing a history of the ‘acousmêtre’ – Chion’s term for the mysterious off-screen voice in cinema, through his own oeuvre and the works of Bresson, Lang, Syberberg, Spike Jonze and more.
More info here
FRI 1 Sep 2017
Auckland Unitarian Church, Auckland
$23 + BF
An epic two-and-a-half-hour concert for ten surround-speakers featuring Chion’s classic composition Requiem (1973) alongside new audiovisual composition Third Symphony (2016) and the world premiere of musique concrète piece The Scream (2017)
More info available here
A Liquid Architecture project in partnership with Audio Foundation
Michel Chion’s tour to Australia and New Zealand is generously support by Institut Françaispartners