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Lambert Crickxstraat 30
1070 Brussels, Belgium

Resonating Surfaces

Manon de Boer

16mm transferred to video, color, 4:3, stereo, French and Portugese spoken, English subtitles, BE, 2005, 39’

Screams of death open Resonating Surfaces on a whitened and scratched film. It is upon that bearer of images where no image is to be found that the two female voices – opera parts of Alban Berg’s Lulu and Wojzzeck – act out a bodily vibration, a pure vibration which manifests life and which is succeeded by silence and a dark screen. The darkness slowly gives way to takes of São Paulo, searchingly gliding over the surface of the elusive city and skirting around the rhythmic bodies and portraits of some individuals. All the while there is a song-like voice, voices loosely uttering words and memories, making the sound have its own mental room which never derives from the one that is occupied by the image. A voice of an individual starts telling a story and becomes language as well as text while, in a punctuated off-beat rhythm, the image moves to the portrait of that individual. As Suely Rolnik’s personal story grows, the voice comes to the foreground and the image vanishes into dark takes of her and bright takes of Paris, into under and overexposure so as to give room to that voice, its physical presence and the images it summons.

Resonating Surfaces is triple portrait, of a city, a woman and an attitude to life. For the personal story of Rolnik, who is a Brazilian psychoanalyst currently living in São Paulo, involves the Brazilian dictatorship of the sixties as well as the Parisian intellectual climate surrounding Deleuze and Guattari in the seventies. The film is woven through by different themes: the other and the relation to otherness, the connection between body and power, the voice and, ultimately, the micropolitics of desire and of resistance.

Resonating Surfaces won Best Experimental Film at Vila do Conde Film Festival (PT, 2006), Prix Marseille Espérance at FID Marseille (FR, 2006) and Fair Play Film & Video Award (DE, 2007).


With Suely Rolnik
Image Sébastien Koeppel
Editing Manon de Boer
Concept soundtrack Manon de Boer & George van Dam
Composition & Violin George van Dam
Sound recording Manon de Boer, Bastien Gilson
Sound editing Bastien Gilson, George van Dam
Final sound mix Christian Cartier – Le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains
Produced by Blitz vzw/ Manon de Boer
Co-produced by Le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains, Jan Mot, Transmedia – LUCA Sint-Lukas Hogeschool Brussel
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund

Resonating Surfaces has been on display at the following locations:

Courtisane Gent, (BE) Sunday, Mar 31 2024 Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, (CH) Mar 26–Oct 9 2022 KASK Cinema Gent, (BE) Wednesday, Mar 16 2022 Art Cinema OFFoff Gent, (BE) Monday, Mar 14 2022 Cineteca Madrid, (ES) Thursday, Dec 19 2019 ISELP Brussels, (BE) Saturday, Dec 7 2019 National Gallery Prague, (CZ) Sep 20 2019–Jan 5 2020 EACC Valencia, (ES) Tuesday, Apr 16 2019 La Cambre Brussel, (BE) Thursday, Nov 30 2017 Sõprus cinema Tallinn, (LT) Wednesday, Oct 18 2017 CAPC musée d'art contemporain Bordeaux, (FR) Wednesday, Apr 26 2017 Centre de Cultura Contemporània Barcelona, (ES) Sunday, Jan 15 2017 Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, (BR) Nov 22 2016–Jan 14 2017 Fogo Island Arts Fogo Island, (CA) Thursday, Nov 3 2016 Biennale Taipei, (TW) Sep 10 2016–Feb 5 2017 Tate Modern London, (GB) Tuesday, Oct 6 2015 Casa França-Brasil Rio de Janeiro, (BR) Aug 15–Sep 20 2015 Extra City Antwerpen, (BE) Thursday, Jun 11 2015 The Kitchen New York, (US) May 22–Jun 13 2015 Cinematek Brussel, (BE) Friday, Sep 19 2014 Australian Cinémathèque , (AU) Saturday, Aug 16 2014 CCA Glasgow, (GB) Sunday, Jun 22 2014 Cinema Aventure Brussel, (BE) Monday, May 19 2014 Swedish Film Institute Stockholm, (SE) Monday, Apr 7 2014 Centre Pompidou Paris, (FR) Saturday, Mar 1 2014 Swiss Institute/Contemporary Art New York, (US) Thursday, Oct 10 2013 Osso & Architecture Triennale Lisbon, (PT) Friday, Sep 20 2013 Konstmuseum Kalmar, (SE) Jun 15–Sep 15 2013 Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, (NL) Jun 8–Sep 15 2013 Centre d'Art Contemporain Geneva, (CH) Jun 5–Jul 21 2013 Museum of Art Philadelphia, (US) Nov 16 2012–May 5 2013 Artists Space: Books & Talks New York, (US) Friday, May 4 2012 Ochoymedio Quito, (EC) Friday, Mar 30 2012 Fundación Centro Ecuatoriano de Arte Contemporáneo Quito, (EC) Mar 14–May 13 2012 The Agency Gallery London, (GB) Saturday, Feb 11 2012 Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Berlin, (DE) Saturday, Oct 22 2011 Arnolfini Bristol, (GB) Sunday, May 1 2011 Index Stockholm, (SE) Wednesday, Apr 20 2011 Nova & Cifa Macau, Shanghai, (CN) Mar 19–Mar 26 2011 Cinema Rits Brussels, (BE) Wednesday, Feb 9 2011 Nova & Cifa Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Hefei, Hong Kong, (CN) Sep 10–Sep 30 2010 Recyclart, Vitrine 17 Brussels, (BE) Tuesday, Aug 17 2010 M HKA Antwerpen, (BE) May 21–Aug 22 2010 Frac Lorraine Metz, (FR) May 8–Aug 29 2010 Mains d’Oeuvres Paris, (FR) Sunday, Dec 13 2009 SIR Cinema Rotterdam, (NL) Tuesday, Nov 10 2009 Versus_V Oudenaarde, (BE) Friday, Oct 9 2009 St-Lukas Hogeschool Brussels, (BE) Tuesday, May 19 2009 Pallas Contemporary Projects Dublin, (IE) Mar 20–Apr 3 2009 Lund Konsthall Lund, (SE) Jan 31–Mar 29 2009 Ernst Múzeum Budapest, (HU) Nov 14–Dec 14 2008 The Power Plant Toronto, (CA) Oct 20–Nov 23 2008 Kranfilm, Aquilone Luik, (BE) Sunday, Oct 19 2008 Nam June Paik Festival Seoul, (KR) Oct 8 2008–Feb 5 2009 Kranfilm, Sint-Goriks Brussels, (BE) Thursday, Sep 25 2008 Nicolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center Copenhagen, (DK) Sep 5–Nov 9 2008 Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, (DE) Thursday, Jul 3 2008 Frankfurter Kunstverein Frankfurt, (DE) Feb 7–Apr 27 2008 University Santa Cruz, (US) Wednesday, Jan 23 2008 The Instituto Cervantes Brussels, (BE) Wednesday, Dec 12 2007 Argos Brussel, (BE) Nov 22–Nov 30 2007 Argos Brussels, (BE) Oct 23–Oct 27 2007 La Biennale Venezia, (IT) Jun 10–Nov 21 2007 MuHKA_media Antwerpen, (BE) Jun 6–Jun 27 2007 Gradisca international film studies spring school Gradisca, (IT) Mar 26–Mar 27 2007 Les Hivernales du Documentaire, Théâtre Le Florida Septfonds, (FR) Saturday, Feb 3 2007 Argos Brussel, (BE) Dec 17–Dec 20 2006