One of the most radical artists of his generation, at IFFR Philippe Parreno introduces an entirely new project. This feature-length film combines 20 years of existing and re-edited footage to generate a ‘film of films’; a hybrid that is both a non-exhaustive retrospective and the creation of a new persona through the symbiosis of its constituent parts.
In the past decades, Parreno has radically redefined the exhibition experience by conceiving this as a scripted space where a series of events unfolds. Now he explores the possibilities of the theatrical film screening as a coherent ’object’ rather than a collection of individual films. For the first time, Parreno presents a retrospective of his film works in the diegetic space of the cinema instead of the museum space. Screened in the commercial Pathé multiplex in the centre of Rotterdam, Parreno proposes a ‘seance of cinema’ reintroducing in this traditional setting the magic and live rituals that lie at the basis of this art form.