Rotary Factory / Recollection

45 minutes sound and projection performance
Pierre Bastien: trumpet, mecanium
Karel Doing: super8 /16mm films



As we speak about 'mechanical music', we might say something similar about Karel Doing's way of filming. His present work is taking Pierre Bastien's mechanical orchestra as material: music machines built with Meccano gears and pulleys, pick-up motors and traditional music instruments. Beyond the subject however, Karel Doing's camera uses the same technics as Pierre Bastien's automatons: loops, spinning and repetitive patterns, reverse or palindromic constructions, alternate sequences... By the way, both visual and sound machines have the same purpose: they provide rhythms, a superposition of various rhythms that create an obsessive and hypnotic universe. As a counterpoint of the films, Pierre Bastien has developed a new series of machines. They are not playing on music instruments anymore, but on tools and daily life objects, like pliers, scissors, saw, letter scale.. Those machines together with Karel Doing's projectors, form a bizarre factory, that needs two workers or performers able to control, to engage and set of it's machinery, in order to combine them in a rotary composition.
(Pierre Bastien)

Selected Performances:

International Symposium of Shadows (London)
eXperimental Intermedia (New York)
Logos (Gent)
Fletchbizzel (Dortmund)
Aeronef (Lille)
IJsbreker (Amsterdam)
Kikker (Utrecht)
Voorheen het archief (Den Haag)
Dodorama (Rotterdam)
Nova Cinema (Brussels)
De Vorst (Tilburg)
Filmmuseum (Amsterdam)
Freunde Guter Musik (Berlin)
Nova Cinema (Brussels)
Kino im Sprengel (Hannover)
Viper (Luzern)
Centre François Mitterand (Villeurbanne)
Pellicula et Basta (Grenoble)
Brauiturm (Hochdorf)