Vidéographe Presents Pascal Lièvre : On connaît la chanson / Not your same old songs
Film POP, Art POP and Vidéographe present:
Pascal Lièvre : Not Your Same Old Songs
France, Canada | 45 min
Vidéographe has the pleasure to present to you a curated selection of music videos by the artist Pascale Lièvre. In his work, Lièvre appropriates and subverts pop music with political intent, addressing subjects such as race, queer identity, political violence and post-colonialism. The lyrics are sometimes replaced by philosophical or political texts (La race n’existe pas, Abba Mao, Lacan Dalida). Elsewhere, images are given whole new meaning through their juxtaposition with pop songs (Putin, Savoir aimer, Don’t Kill Britney). The results are at once funny and troubling. The program ends with Totem und Tabu, an original performance by the queer Shaman Michael Dudeck that closes with these words: “The struggle is not over”… - Vidéographe Curator, Karine Boulanger
Don’t Kill Britney
Pascal Lièvre, France, 2008, 3 min 43 s, voa
Pascal Lièvre remakes The Scream by Edward Munch to support the singer Britney Spears beaten up by excessive media coverage.
Pascal Lièvre, France, 2001, 4 min 30 s, sta
Pascal Lièvre produces the playback of the Abba Mao song before a red background, painting his face using the same shade.
Pascal Lièvre et Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, France-Canada, 2005, 4 min 03 s, voa
The language of anti-terrorism takes an unexpected form in this seductive propaganda video, Lièvre and Nemerofsky Ramsay's first collaborative work.
L’axe du mal / Axis of Evil
Pascal Lièvre, France-Québec, 2003, 5 min 45 s, vof
Citing an article on George W. Bush, Armé pour menacer la paix du monde (Armed and Threatening World Peace) from the January 31, 2002 issue of Le Monde, the lyrics of Un axe du mal are sung to the melody of the original Jermaine Jackson/Pia Zadora song And When the Rain Begins to Fall.
Producers Nathalia Bujold and Pascal Lièvre use language to express the unlikely meeting of this theo-geo-political text and romantic words.
The two actors are filmed in front of the cliché honeymoon destination of Niagara Falls. There, they declare their love for one another with the same words President Bush used to declare war on terrorism.
Putin / Poutine
Pascal Lièvre, France, 2007, 2 min 16, voa
Images from Tchetchenya come in our tv news as an horrible remake off images from the concentration camp from World War II. Lièvre uses the famous Boney M. pop hit Rasputin to accuse the responsible of these atrocities : Vladimir Putin.
Savoir aimer / Teach Me How to Love
Pascal Lièvre, France, 2004, 1 min 45 s, vosta
On the screen, a man stripped to the waist is singing Savoir Aimer, a song by Florent Pagny; he will be slapped 32 times while singing. This video shows how to resist violence using a humanistic song as a sole weapon.
Pascal Lièvre, France, 2000, 6 min, vof
Displayed on-screen are a man and a woman's shadows engaging in a post-mortem karaoke performance.
The words from a Jacques Lacan text from Seminar VII entitled Le transfert are sung in an electronic version to the melody of J'irai mourir sur scène which was originally performed by Dalida.
This film shows the linguistic structural relationship between popular music and academic writing, but it also presents a performance of spectral psychoanalytic transference.
L’éternel retour / The Eternal Return
Pascal Lièvre, France, 2012, 3 min 27 s, vosta
A man with black glitter on his face sings a text from Alain Badiou on a Purcell music.
La race n’existe pas / Race does not exist
Pascal Lièvre, France, 2017, 3 min, vosta
La race n'existe pas is a black and white music video by Pascal Lièvre shot in 4:3 format. Aesthetically, it references Angela Davis’s 1970s videos, which are recognizable by their very tight framing. A woman facing the camera sings an extract taken from Achille Mbembe’s philosophical book Critique de la raison nègre (Critique of Black Reason) to the melody of Shine Bright Like a Diamond by Barbadian singer Rihanna.
Achille Mbembe is a Cameroonian philosopher of post-colonial theory, a political commentator, a historian, and a university lecturer. In this book, he proposes an end to the notion of race by offering the Occident and Africa an alternative position on difference. A critic who is already active in the field of Black Feminism with, among others, Angela Davis.
Totem und Tabu
Pascal Lièvre, Québec, 2014, 10 min 10 s, vostf
Sigmund Freud is a white shaman from the nineteenth century who wrote the book Totem und Tabu drawing on the writings of the Scottish anthropologist James George Frazer. The queer shaman Michael Dudeck invokes the spirit of Sigmund Freud and performs for him with his body a totems voguing.