Bateleur, Le

1988, 05:00 minutes, colour


The buffoon in a tarot represents the conjurer. He also represents personal initiative. Because it can alter and play with images, video can conjure as well. In this instance, it films passersby in a part of town where neons and shop windows beckon consumers to stop and look. And it enables us to view the urban structures which displease a young man, whose preoccupation with a mirror evokes the tale of Narcissus.

Première lame du tarot, le bateleur représente le prestidigitateur. Il évoque le foyer de l'initiative personnelle. Créateur et escamoteur d'images, le medium vidéo agit aussi en prestidigitateur: il retient l'image des passants qui évoluent dans un secteur de la ville où la consommation se fait racoleuse (néon, vitrines, etc.). Il donne à voir les structures urbaines, en contraste avec un jeune homme seul se regardant dans un miroir.

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