Défilé des ombres (Catwalk of Shadows), 2009
The film Défilé des ombres (2009) is based on forms and configurations of shadows I discovered by chance on a walk along Kurfürstendamm in Berlin when I entered the Jil Sander flagship store. The items of clothing hanging for sale there produced a multifaceted play of shadows on the monochrome concrete floor—thanks not least to the complex lighting in the store. I spoke to the manager responsible for the store and asked whether I could sketch the shadows before the store opened and document them on a large sheet of paper. After some initial hesitation, she agreed, and on three different days I sketched the contours in the early morning. Then I photographed the drawings so I would be able to remember the shadows on site that filled out my lines. I developed the film Défilé des ombres from this photographic material.
Défilé des ombres is not a film in the traditional sense; rather, it consists of still photographs in motion: twenty-four photographs were edited together to create a digital loop. As the individual images drift and flow into one another, the differences in the thickness of the drawn lines suggest a défilé, which the sound artist Frédéric Sanchez set to music he composed for it with a synesthetic effect in mind. The fact that Sanchez normally composes soundtracks for fashion shows in Paris and Milan heightens the subtle irony of the poetry of Défilé des ombres.
Video: Betacam SP
Length: 4 minutes
Editing: Simone Heineck
Sound: Frédéric Sanchez