In December 2019, following their debut album Cylene, François J. Bonnet and Stephen O'Malley toured Switzerland accompanied by filmmaker Eléonore Huisse.
L'Arrière-Saison is a film created from this tour, composing a prismatic sculpture of moments where they encountered other presences: those of the mountains and lakes, those of friends and people they have met, those of lost roots on the conditional history, and spatial/place level.
The impressionist camera of Eléonore Huisse keeps a considered watch and distance, to the repetitive rituals that are tours: projection from place to places, movements to travels, stillness to waiting. Huisse's gaze reflects those sensitive environments that envelop, precede and follow the moment of the performances themselves.
Concerts, precisely, are visually absent. What transpires there is not to be revealed by image. Through music they manifest, the soundtrack exclusively composed of live recordings.
A shadow cast from a distance, from elsewhere, Eléonore Huisse's gaze rests on clues and mystery without explicitly revealing, except, perhaps, a particular unfolded and contemplative time where everything is essential.
This program will be streamed on the Pioneer Works Broadcast.
Eléonore Huisse is a french cinematographer and photographer based in Paris, France. She studied at renowned film school Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumière. Her work, focused on contemplation and captures of auratic moments, has been screened in a few places such as Whitney Museum of American Art, MaerzMusik, Berlin and Institut Français d’Athènes.
François J. Bonnet is a Franco-Swiss composer, writer and theoretician based in Paris. He’s been a member of INA GRM since 2007 and became its director in 2018. He has published several books : The Order of Sounds, The Infra-World, After Death (all published by Urbanomic), and The Music To Come (Shelter Press). He’s the co-editor of the SPECTRES book series (Shelter Press) and the Recollection GRM and Portraits GRM record series (Editions Mego). He also produces radio shows for national radio France Musique. His music, often presented as Kassel Jaeger, has been played in renowned venues and festivals all over the world.
Stephen O’Malley is a guitarist, producer, composer, and visual artist who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone and experimental music groups for over two decades—SUNN O))), KTL, and Khanate being among his best-known projects. Wildly prolific, O’Malley’s oeuvre is defined by its remarkable breadth, complexity and multidisciplinary interests. It includes collaborations with a wide range of experimental musicians and composers, including Scott Walker, choreographer Gisèle Vienne, the authors Dennis Cooper and Alan Moore, Alvin Lucier, Fujiko Nakaya, Jim Jarmusch, experimental music research centers IRCAM, INA-GRM (Paris), EMS (Stockholm) and many others. O’Malley is also a vigorous live performer and has toured around the world since 2003. His live performances feature a reverberating fog of electric guitar minimalism—sorcery that challenges boundaries of space and time.