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Christopher Nolan Weekend

Programme de rencontres et tables rondes & Performance audiovisuelle de Franck Vigroux et Antoine Schmitt

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From Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 November 2023

    5 rue Curial
    75019 Paris

Conferences and round tables: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2023 from 2pm to 7pm
Signing sessions: Saturday 25 November 2023 at 7pm
Audiovisual performance: Saturday 25 November 2023 at 9.15pm
Free with reservation

After consecrating a weekend to Blade Runner in 2021, Biennale Némo is delving into the filmography of the master of the experimental blockbuster at this year’s symposium. An array of scientific, artistic and philosophical questions will be explored through the lens of Memento, The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar and, of course, Oppenheimer. There are surprises in store, along with an audiovisual performance by Franck Vigroux and Antoine Schmitt to cap off Saturday evening!

Talks and roundtable discussions

The topics covered include

  • Interstellar and the depiction of astrophysics
  • An aesthetic analysis of Nolan’s films
  • The multiple personalities of Batman and Joker
  • Music and sound in Nolan’s films
  • The arts of memory and Memento
  • The inversion of time’s arrow, embedded layers and pluriverses in Inception, Dunkirk, Interstellar and TenetOppenheimer, the Manhattan Project and its links with cybernetics, and Nolan’s assertion that artificial intelligence may be the modern-day equivalent of the atomic bomb

The participants include

  • Timothée Gérardin (film critic and author)
  • Isabelle Labrouillère (film researcher and author)
  • Roland Lehoucq (astrophysicist)
  • Elsa Courant (literature researcher)
  • Dick Tomasovic (Film professor and analyst)
  • Clément Pelissier (literature researcher)
  • Thierry Hoquet (philosophy professor)
  • Chloé Huvet (musicology researcher)
  • Emmanuelle Bobée (doctor of musicology)
  • Virginie Ollagnier (novelist and comic book writer)
  • Sam Azulys (philosopher and film professor)
  • Gilles Menegaldo (literature and film professor)
  • Peter Strain (illustrator)

Editorial and cultural mediation committee

  • Gilles Alvarez (artistic director of Biennale Némo)
  • Donatien Aubert (artist)
  • Ismaël Joffroy Chandoutis (artist)
  • Julie Sauret (head of communication and coordination of the Arts & Sciences Chair at École polytechnique, École des Arts Décoratifs-Paris and Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso)
  • Frédéric Landragin (CNRS research director and author)
  • Christopher Robinson (lecturer at École polytechnique, specialist in science fiction and fantasy)

© Quentin Chevrier

Franck Vigroux et Antoine Schmitt / Cie d’Autres Cordes 

The weekend will culminate with CASCADES, a performance by Franck Vigroux and Antoine Schmitt accompanying the cinema of Christopher Nolan. A work of rare visual and sonic power, CASCADES is a stream of pixels and sounds both immutable and continually changing, where disaster may strike. Synesthetic and contemplative, reflective and physical, the performance pulls us into an (almost) black hole, or perhaps a wormhole like in Interstellar.

Illustration design: Peter Strain

In partnership with the Arts & Sciences Chaira at École polytechnique, École des Arts Décoratifs-Paris and Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso.

The full detailed programme for the weekend will be released in early November 2023 on the Biennale Némo and CENTQUATRE-PARIS websites.