SHOW AND TELL #2: Gaëlle Rouard

Gaëlle Rouard is an alchemist making films since early 90’s, specialising in the film processing. She has developed and is still exploring various methods to chemical processing of the film, while experimenting with the possibilities of live multi-projection in both solo and collaborative forms. Long time member of the “102 rue d’Alembert” (venue dedicated to diffusion of experimental music and film), facilitating a variety of workshops for schools and individuals. She was also running “Atelier MTK” craft  film laboratory in Grenoble, France for 12 years. She’s coming to Alchemy to present her Expanded Cinema performance M..H.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Oysters and champagne.

2. What lies at the heart of your own desire to make films?
To reach total hypnosis.

3. What are the first things you do in developing a film idea in response to a subject?
I put work on the table. I’m wondering.

4. What’s your favourite film and why?
Jalsaghar from Satyajit Ray. I think it’s the most beautiful drama ever made.

5. Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks!

Jalsaghar from Satyajit Ray
The first minutes of The thing from Ennio Morricone (the only Carpenter movie without a Carpenter soundtrack!)
Seppuku from Masaki Kobayashi
Ugetsu monogatari from Kenji Mizoguchi
L’ange from Patrick Bokanowski
Tarva Yeghanaknère, Vremena goda (les saisons) from Artavazd Pelechian and Antonio Vivaldi!

6. From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
Ars Gratia Artis

7. If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
An oyster ?

8. What is your greatest extravagance?
Staying alive

9. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

10. What is your final word?