Julien Crépieux

Julien Crépieux, Microfilm

24 February – 2 March 2014

Microfilm (2012), black and white video, 77 min

Microfilm is a videographic transcription of a cinematographic piece; Samuel Fuller’s Pick Up On South Street (1953). It is not so much a remake or an adaptation but rather like a transcription in the musical sense: ‘to write out in full what was previously unwritten or arranging for an instrument, voice or combination other than that for which it was composed’. The structural model of the original is respected but the final object differs because of a distantiation and contextualisation, a sort of “mise en abyme” of the shooting of the film.

Microfilm takes each cut, each movement and camera axe, each value from the original film. Instead of actors, several monitors broadcast Fuller’s film within various interior and exterior spaces of an uninhabited chateau. Through this configuration, the original film becomes the memory of a film which inhabits a deserted décor and is haunted by the out of shot presence of the filmic apparatus.

Julien Crépieux (b.1979, Normandy) lives and works in Paris. Selected exhibitions include How High the Moon, galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris, France (2013); La quatrième dimension, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France (2013); Hapax Legomena, Mercer Union-Centre for Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada (2012); The eyes of soul, Fondation GODIA, Barcelona, Spain (2012); Le sentiment des choses, FRAC Île-de-France, Le Plateau, Paris, France (2011); Séance Catalogue, South London Gallery, London (2010) and Les Feuilles, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2009). His work is held in public collections including Frac Île-de-France / Le Plateau (FR); FRAC Haute-Normandie (FR); FRAC PACA (FR); GAMEC, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Bergame (IT) and Fondation KADIST (FR).

Microfilm is courtesy of Galerie Jérôme Poggi.