As a result of his encounter with the work of experimental filmmakers Peter Tscherkassky and Stephen Dwoskin, Vincent Moon started to make films in 2005. For the next two years he made short films, mixing intimate storytelling experiment with various techniques, from super 8 to cellphone cameras. He was quick to grasp the various possibilities the internet offered for releasing and sharing his work online and freely. At this time, he also initiated various projects related to music, directing lo-fi videos for Clogs, Sylvain Chauveau and The National (a band who used Moon's photos for their album Alligator). In 2006, inspired by the film Step Across the Border on the English guitarist Fred Frith, he created with Christophe 'Chryde' Abric the 'Concert à Emporter / Take Away Shows' project, La Blogotheque's popular video podcast (takeawayshows.com). The Take Away Shows (see playlist below) is a series of improvised outdoor video sessions with musicians, set in unexpected locations and broadcast freely on the web. In four years, they managed to shoot over two hundred videos clips with bands like REM, Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, Tom Jones, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, and Sigur Ros and many more. Vincent Moon perfected his style: an immediately recognizable intimacy, always with fragile and dancing long shots, often shot in one take without rehearsal. The Take Away Shows quickly gathered a large online following, The New York Times presented its impact as 'Vincent Moon reinvented the music video'. An entire new generation of young filmmakers around the world recognized the influence of the whole concept, this natural organic approach to music. A study from 2010 showed that more than 100 online film projects were directly inspired by the La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows.
On Air: Vincent MoonThe ikono On Air Festival is showing three films by Vincent Moon in the section curated by MELD: Le Passager Indien (India, 2001) music by ekkehard ehlers & stephan mathieu Sibirsky Express (2000) from moscow to vladivostok, russia2000 music by vojtech & irena havlovi Clogs_Lantern (2005) music by clogs
BioVincent Moon (real name Mathieu Saura) was born in Paris in 1979. At the age of 18, while living in Paris, he set out to learn everything he possibly could about art forms and cultures. It was a period of intense learning, reading, and practice that lasted ten years. He studied photography for 3 years at the Atelier Reflexe in Montreuil, where he met the photographers Michael Ackerman and Antoine D'Agata, who informed Vincent Moon’s experiments of style//approach and visual experiments. At the time, he used to put his photos in motion, using simple slideshow techniques and music to tell stories. In 2003, Vincent Moon started the photography blog Les Nuits de Fiume, documenting Parisian nightlife.
Links- Homepage of Vincent Moon - www.vincentmoon.com - Watch 564 (!) videos by Vincent Moon on Vimeo
Curators' SpecialPart of the curatorial selection of MELD