WHEN NOBODY IS WATCHING
Creatives on Creativity
In September of 2017 amid the protests against Macron’s economic policies and local gentrification, I found myself in the city of Marseille, filming a performance experiment. 16+ performers spent a night on the island of Frioul, located in the Mediterranean Sea. They explored in the dark world of a broken bunker sharing music, dance, text, performance, video, observation, and breath.
I was invited to film a performance laboratory by dancer Anaïs Poulet, who envisioned and shepherded this 12 hour overnight full moon performance – without an audience.
In the process, I filmed interviewed 15 of the participants: a poet, dancers, musicians, a camera person, and technical assistants . In this series they share their thoughts on the process of creation, what it means to be an artist, and the ideas they are exploring, from nature to imagination to emotions.
When Nobody is Watching is a 16-part series of interviews reflecting on art, performance, audiences and process.
When Nobody is Watching, Creatives on Creativity, is a 16-part interview series reflecting on art, performance, audiences and process.
I was thinking about how the commercialization of art impacted the artistic process. In the US, support for the arts has been cut drastically since the 1980s. In France, there is a level of support that doesn’t seem to exist in other parts of the world. I wondered how these artists and performers thought of the practice of art. I also inquired about the ideas they were exploring during the laboratory, in the abandoned bunker, on this island battered by wind.
There is a beauty in creating in a space without borders, with few rules other than to be safe and enjoy the journey.