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Simon ripoll-hurier
Age of Heroes
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 18'30'' | France | 2020
East of Skopje there is a small quiet square where you can sometimes hear the trace of orchestral music. If you follow these sounds, they lead you into a large studio. The "Film & Music Ensemble" (FAME's project) in Skopje specialises in music for film. The hundred or so musicians, sound engineers, etc., who're part of it come every day to record scores from all over the world. The composers usually attend the sessions by teleconference. On the same day, you can move from a French TV drama to a Bollywood production. Following a smooth-running mechanism, the orchestra continuously produces music to support images and to give them their emotional tones. On the small square next to this large studio, life follows its course in a quiet indifference.
Coming from visual arts and developing a practice on the edge of music, radio and cinema, Simon Ripoll-Hurier (born 1985) tracks down situations of listening. Between 2014 and 2017, he developed Diana, a research project that includes film, video, performance and radio. He is now working on a film connecting today’s Silicon Valley with old CIA parapsychological experiments. His work has been presented in festivals, biennials, museums, galleries, and broadcasted on the radio. He also plays with Les Agamemnonz, an instrumental surf band, and co-founded *DUUU, an artist-run webradio.