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Yo-Yo Gonthier, L'ENVOL, photographies et film, Noir et blanc, 35 mm et 120 mm, numérisé, 20'16", 2010, France, conception sonore de Corsin Vogel

Sélection officielle :

Présences, exposition collective, projection, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, 2016 . L'invisible, exposition personnelle, projection, installation, Salla Rekalde, Bilbao, Espagne, 2012. Mapamundistas, festival, exposition collective, projection, installation, Pamplune, Espagne, 2012. Addis Foto Fest, festival, projection, Addis Abeba, Ethiopie, 2010. Circluations - Festival de la jeune photographie européenne, projection, Boulogne, France, 2010

 Ce projet photographique et filmique à été réalisé dans le cadre d'une résidence de création de deux ans (2008-2009) dans le collège Saint-Exupéry à Rosny-Sous-Bois, France, avec le soutien du Conseil Général de Seine-Saint-Denis.

J'ai proposé aux élèves de la 4ème SEGPA l'idée de construire un aéronef, ballon dirigeable inspiré du modèle numéro 8 de Santos Dumont réalisé en 1905. Avec le soutien du Musée de l'Air au Bourget, nous avons pu travailler sur des documents et des plans originaux. L''atelier de mécanique automobile du collège fut transformé un temps en base aéronautique. La deuxième année nous préparâmes un vol secret dans une partie en friche de la ville, une nouvelle version de l'aéronef fut préparée. Ce fut le jour de l'aéronef N°3 nommé par la suite L'indomptable. Ce vol à été filmé et photographié, le film L'envol retrace cette épopée.


Un film de Yo-Yo Gonthier réalisé en banc-titre à partir de photographies, conception sonore de Corsin Vogel
Documentaire expérimental photographique, Noir et blanc, 35 mm, 20'16", 2010, France.


- "En ce mois de février 2010, aux abords gelés de l’ancienne carrière du plateau d’Avron, un groupe d'adolescents achève les préparatifs et s'apprête, après des mois de préparation, à faire décoller un objet volant non identifié."

 "In February 2010, on the outskirts of the old frozen career, a group of teenagers finalizes, after months of preparation, an unidentified flying object ".


Par ailleurs, une caméra a été embarquée sur le dirigeable et une autre vidéo intitulée L'INVISIBLE existe, elle nous montre ce qui s'est passé durant une performance, accompagnée par le compositeur Corsin Vogel, où l'aeronef N°1 : L'invisible et l'aeronef N°2 : Le Poisson-Lune ont volé ensemble,  au dessus du collège.

Voir le projet L'INVISIBLE


Art at school

L'envol, (El Despegue), solo exhibition, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain, July 03rd - August 26th, 2012 : SALLA REKALDE

From his workshop located on the first floor of the Collège Saint-Exupéry de Rosny-sous-Bois, Yo-Yo Gonthier brought paper aeroplanes, drawings and illustrations of flying machines, balloons and dirigibles into the daily routine of the centre. He suggested to the high-school students that they share in his fascination with the great explorers of the air and engage in a project that lasted some months and, above all, stimulated the imagination.

In the first encounters, contact was made with the subject in hand through visits to museums, by watching films and consulting documents. A call was then made inviting the whole centre to organise the launching of paper aeroplanes at playtime. More than 500 planes flew in the playground that day.

The following action was to launch balloons from the playground. Each balloon carried a message. The students were surprised by the results: weeks afterwards replies came in from all over the place. The balloons really had travelled very far.

The experience continued with a workshop devoted to printing flying machines and concluded with the building of two dirigibles, L’invisible and Le poisson lune, which the kids finally got to take off one afternoon in the playground.

The opposite of technological progress

The conception of the flying machines proved to be very fruitful from an educational point of view, because it set into play both the history of science and the world of fantastic stories. It also made it possible to approach multiple facets of artistic creation (drawing, engraving, writing, modelling and construction of the object). Yo-Yo Gonthier’s purpose, however, transcended educational objectives. The artist explains his interest in explorers who preceded the invention of aviation, conceived as a gaze looking back one hundred years in time, before the beginning of the technological race that our society is still grounded in. His proposal is to take a step backwards, placing ourselves at a point before the technical conquest of the air so as to let our imagination express itself freely. At the same time he poses an exercise of distancing both from the path that brought us to the present day, and from our dependence on technology. In the proposition the discourses of nostalgia and criticism stand side by side.

Visual and sound experimentation

Yo-Yo Gonthier’s personal work at the Saint-Exupéry High School was nourished by the experience shared with the children, who became the main actors in the experimental documentary that Yo-Yo entitled L'envol (Flightpath). The kids were portrayed close up by the photographer during the different stages of the experiment. In the work that resulted what can be seen is a transformation, growth. The artist led these young people onto the terrain of creation, where they discovered their potential and were able to sense their own "take off".

The narrative is constructed with black and white photographs that gradually follow one another, leaving the spectator time to venture into the tale offered by each child. The sound track was created by Corsin Vogel, lending rhythm to the film and incorporating testimony from its protagonists.

The flying of the airship in the high school playground also provided inspiration for the 5'52'' video The invisible, for which Corsin Vogel created the live sound. This time, the artist situates us within viewpoint of the air balloon just as it rises into the air and leaves the ground.