Flatpack Festival
Film, and then some

Julien Maire: Digit

Wednesday 24th March, 2010

Birmingham Central Library | 12:00

"A writer sits at a table writing a text. Simply by sliding his fingers over a blank piece of paper, printed text appears under his finger."

"A writer sits at a table writing a text. Simply by sliding his fingers over a blank piece of paper, printed text appears under his finger. The spectators can come very close to the writer and read the text following the movement of the finger. The writer remains absorbed in his task."

Digit brings the magic of cinema to the act of writing, creating the illusion of a direct line between thought and word.

Julien Maire presents work at media arts festivals internationally and was last year nominated for the 'World Technology Awards', but his art is not futuristic or hi-tech. It seems that the first impulse behind it is to take something apart, whether it be a slide projector or a video camera, and then reconstruct it in a way which makes us think about the object and what it shows us. He has been described as having a dual role of 'puppeteer and projectionist', and he draws inspiration from the age of optical trickery before cinema as much as from contemporary mass media.

Julien Maire's visit has been made possible with the support of the French Cultural Institute.

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