april 15 - may 8, 2016

« After a man dies, his spirit is somewhere on the earth or in the sky,
we don’t know where exactly, but we are sure that his spirit still lives.
So it is with Wakantanka. We believe that he is everywhere;
yet he is to us as the spirits of our friends, whose voices we can not hear ».

Chased-by-Bears, Teton Sioux Music, Frances Densmore (1905)

The Chimney NYC is pleased to present "In Search of Eternity I, Paris" by French artist duo Simon Brodbeck & Lucie de Barbuat. In this first chapter of the project shot in 2012-2013 in Paris, Brodbeck & de Barbuat have filmed the last popular parts of the city, which are rapidly disappearing. 

In the center of The Chimney, a large screen suspended from the roof displays the video, inviting the visitors to move around the piece. Small-scale accordion-shaped photographic frescos are displayed on the edges of The Chimney's six cemented windows, featuring the faces of men and women filmed in Paris, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo and Mumbai between 2012 and 2015. The film was shot with a camera capturing up to 1,000 to 1.500 frame-per-second, which enables to emphasize the slow-motion movements of the passers-by.

Brodbeck & de Barbuat have used as a soundtrack the "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" by Henryk Gorecki. Each of the symphony's three movements refer to feelings of faith, hope, loss and mourning which echoe for the artists an ancient Sioux belief according to which the spirits of the dead continue to live among us, between the earth and the sky. The camera plays the role of a spirit who would roam among landscapes and people in a time and space different from the one we know, the music adding a spiritual - almost mystical experience, which resonates in the industrial enclosed space of The Chimney.

Through the three chapter of "In Search of Eternity" (Paris, Japan and India), Brodbeck & de Barbuat offer an alternative view of reality, one that is a poetic journey through cities and people in a space where time is suspended. The artists explore the boundaries between still and moving images, between photography and video, and question how to capture with the camera an infinite world, our perception of reality, and the representation of human life. 

Direction, images and editing: Brodbeck & de Barbuat
Music: Henryk Gorecki
With the support of Magic hour France, Vision research and Sony. 

About Brodbeck & de Barbuat

Through moving and still images, Brodbeck & de Barbuat question our relationship to the physical and spiritual world surrounding us, and the perception of reality and its representation. From urban or family solitude to existential wanderings, their compositions try to capture different moods of man’s silent melancholy, focusing on the narrow chink between our existence and the world of dreams. Brodbeck & de Barbuat's work aims to enter the inner world from the figures being photographed or filmed. Through photography, video and installation,  they explore the boundaries between media as forms of expression and the identity of the image as document. 

Simon Brodbeck & Lucie de Barbuat are a French artist duo working with video, photography and installation since 2005.
They have exhibited in solo and group shows in France and abroad, including  the FoMu, Museum of Photography Antwerpen, Belgium; The French Institute, Osaka, Japan;  La Maison de la Photographie, Lille, France;  Venice Arsenale, Arte Laguna Awards, Italy; Le Grand Palais, Paris, France;  The Palais Royal Gardens, Paris, France;  Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France; The Kunsthalle Munich, Germany;  The Thessaloniki Museum for Photography, Greece; La Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; Le Centquatre, Paris; Arles International Photography Festival, France; La Vieille Charité, Marseille, France; Le festival des arts visuels de Vevey, Switzerland; Kowall+Oddermat project space, Miami, USA; 798 District, Beijing, China. Recipient of the HSBC award for Photography in 2010, they were awarded the Prix Jeune création 2013, the Grand Prix international de la photographie de Vevey, and the Prix de la bourse du talent in 2009.  Brodbeck & de Barbuat live and work in Paris.