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Dissonant

Manon de Boer

16mm installation/video, color, 4:3, mono, BE, 2010, loop/11’

In Dissonant, Manon de Boer films dancer Cynthia Loemij while the latter dances for about 10 minutes to Eugène Ysaÿe’s 3 sonatas for violin solo – a piece that holds vivid memories for her. The camera follows her every movement.

A physical time limit, namely the 3-minute duration of one 16-mm film roll, interrupts the camera’s continued movement. While the dance continues, and the sound of it is audible, the screen is black during the one minute that is needed to change the film roll.

During the moment that the image is in suspense, a trick is being played on the audience’s memory. Just as Loemij herself has to draw the music from her memory, the viewer can project the image of Loemij’s dancing body on the black screen when there is no image, because of the sound and the repetitive movements of her dancing. By giving the dance and film recording the time they need, the audience is faced with confused dissonance.

Choreography & dance Cynthia Loemij
Music Eugène Ysaÿe
Performed by George van Dam
Image Sébastien Koeppel
Sound recording Els Viaene
Sound editing Els Viaene & Manon de Boer
Final sound mixing Laszlo Umbreit – Atelier Graphoui
Title design Fairuz
Produced by Auguste Orts
Co-produced by Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren, Atelier Graphoui, Jan Mot
With the support of Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

Dissonant has been on display at the following locations:

LUX Scotland Arbroath, (GB) Aug 17–Aug 19 2018 Argos Brussel, (BE) Saturday, Apr 29 2017 Franco Noero residency Torino, (IT) Mar 28–May 20 2017 Centre de Cultura Contemporània Barcelona, (ES) Sunday, Jan 15 2017 Ecole Pouilley-les-Vignes, (FR) Dec 13 2016–Mar 9 2017 CINUSP Paulo Emilio São Paulo, (BR) Aug 16–Aug 27 2016 Mullae Art Factory Seoul, (KP) Jul 15–Jul 31 2016 Secession Vienna, (AT) Jul 1–Aug 28 2016 CINEMATEK Brussel, (BE) Wednesday, Apr 13 2016 Camden Arts Centre London, (GB) Wednesday, Mar 9 2016 CAST Helston, (GB) Friday, Mar 4 2016 Kunsthal Charlottenborg Copenhagen, (DK) Nov 20 2015–Feb 21 2016 LUX London, (GB) Wednesday, Oct 7 2015 25FPS Zagreb, (HR) Friday, Sep 25 2015 Garage Museum of Contemporary Art Moscow, (RU) Aug 10 2015–Jan 31 2016 Sunday Screenings London, (GB) Sunday, Feb 22 2015 Level 5, Shibaura House Tokyo, (JP) Saturday, Feb 21 2015 Jeu de Paume Paris, (FR) Saturday, Nov 29 2014 Festival International du Film de La Roche sur Yon, (FR) Saturday, Oct 18 2014 Le Fresnoy Tourcoing, (FR) Monday, Oct 6 2014 Art Basel Basel, (CH) Wednesday, Jun 18 2014 FRAC Besancon, (FR) Tuesday, Jun 3 2014 Festival international d'art de Toulouse, (FR) May 23–Jun 22 2014 Centre Pompidou Paris, (FR) Saturday, Mar 1 2014 cc Strombeek Grimbergen, (BE) Feb 21–Apr 17 2014 Cinema Spoutnik Geneva, (CH) Tuesday, Sep 3 2013 Veneklasen/Werner Berlijn, (DE) Jul 5–Sep 14 2013 Palais de Tokyo Paris, (FR) Jun 20–Sep 9 2013 CIC Cairo, (EG) May 15–Jun 12 2013 Les Nuits Sonores, Ecole des beaux arts Lyon, (FR) May 2–Jun 2 2013 École des Arts Braine l'Alleud, (BE) Wednesday, Apr 24 2013 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Paris, (FR) Apr 23–Jul 27 2013 Tate Modern London, (GB) Nov 9 2012–Feb 17 2013 Underdox: Filmmuseum Munchen, (DE) Sunday, Oct 7 2012 Cinematek Brussel, (BE) Thursday, Sep 20 2012 Deltebre Dansa Deltebre, (ES) Jul 2–Jul 8 2012 Art Brussels - ING Brussel, (BE) Apr 19–Apr 22 2012 SensoProjekt Paris, (FR) Friday, Mar 30 2012 Peuple & Culture Marseille, (FR) Thursday, Feb 9 2012 Elles Tournent Brussel, (BE) Saturday, Oct 1 2011 University of Illinois Chicago, (US) Wednesday, Sep 28 2011 The Mission Chicago, (US) Sep 9–Oct 28 2011 Lewisham Art House London, (GB) Sunday, Sep 4 2011 Filmhuis Den Haag, (NL) May 27–May 28 2011 Index Stockholm, (SE) Wednesday, Apr 20 2011 Parc culturel de Rentilly Bussy-Saint-Martin, (FR) Feb 26–May 1 2011 Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, (US) Jan 21–May 1 2011 Les Ecrans Documentaires Arcueil, (FR) Oct 29–Nov 7 2010 International Film Festival Valdivia, (CL) Oct 14–Oct 19 2010 Impakt Festival Utrecht, (NL) Oct 13–Oct 17 2010 City of Women Festival Ljubljana, (SI) Oct 8–Oct 17 2010 Film Festival New York, (US) Saturday, Oct 2 2010 Sao Paulo Biennial Sao Paulo, (BR) Sep 25–Dec 12 2010 FID Marseille, (FR) Jul 8–Jul 9 2010 Art Basel Basel, (CH) Jun 16–Jun 20 2010 Media City Festival Windsor, (CA) Saturday, May 29 2010 M HKA Antwerpen, (BE) May 21–Aug 22 2010 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, (DE) Tuesday, May 4 2010 Springdance Utrecht, (NL) Apr 20–Apr 25 2010 The Images Festival Toronto, (CA) Sunday, Apr 4 2010 Worm Rotterdam, (NL) Friday, Apr 2 2010 Courtisane Gent, (BE) Saturday, Mar 20 2010 Jan Mot Brussels, (BE) Feb 11–Apr 10 2010 IFFR Rotterdam, (NL) Jan 30–Jan 31 2010