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Xcèntric. 14th season 2014-2015

The Language Revolution. Érik Bullot

Xcèntric, the CCCB's cinema


The works shown in this session are half essay, half film. Cinema is not just a visual art, it is also a means of expression closely linked to language and translation. How do we communicate? How do we manage to pass from one language to another? Singing the names of cities (Fugue géographique), reciting absurd phrases in a dozen different languages, playing with the sound and the meaning of words (Tongue twisters), speaking backwards, listening to world radio, conversing in various different languages, answering riddles, using an encryption machine, talking in sign language, writing calligraphy, making up imaginary languages (Glossolalia), painting graffiti, singing the alphabet, suddenly switching alphabet, observing the political memory of a society (La Révolution de l’alphabet)… These are some of the suggestions of these films, which reflect on the role of language and languages, and the vertigo of translation.

 Attended by Érik Bullot.

Fugue géographique,Érik Bullot, 2013, 4 min, O.V.; Tongue Twisters, Érik Bullot, 2011, 11 min, O.V.; Glossolalia, Érik Bullot, 2005, 26 min, O.V. with Spanish subtitles; La Révolution de l’alphabet, Érik Bullot, 2014, 35 min, O.V. with Spanish subtitles. Video screening.

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