Plants Are Like People is built on a precise rhythm in which archive images, fragments of cryptic phrases and recordings of performances appear on the screen every second. A strange dialogue forms between intimate interventions with plants, utensils and inscrutable self-portraits. The work’s sensual and enigmatic feel is accentuated by the characteristics of the surveillance camera, which gives a contradictory visual finish that complements an unsettling soundtrack. The video was made during a residency at Signal Culture in collaboration with experimental musician Émilie Payeur.

Director's Bio

Charlotte Clermont holds a Bachelor degree in Studio Arts from Concordia University (2016), and is developing a collaborative practice around video and sound. Her work takes the form of video mono bands or installations. She pays particular attention to the malleability of the image, working with film and magnetic tapes, in the interest of building complex and intimate space-times. Using video synthesis, visual feedback and glitches, the universe of her videos stands out with mysterious and hypnotic atmospheres. Her work aims to create an encounter between the plasticity of analogical images and emotional intelligence, to create conditions conducive to an “extimistic” and introspective experience.

Her work has been presented in Canada and internationally at Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (Canada), Antimatter [Media Art] (Canada), La Traverse Vidéo (France), IFF Rotterdam (Netherlands), Hamburg International Short Film Festival (Germany), Arctic Moving Image and Film Festival (Norway) and Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland). She has been selected as an artist in residence at Studio Kura (Japan), Signal Culture (USA), Fusion Gallery (Italy) and Shiro Oni (Japan). Her videos are distributed by Videographe and Winnipeg Film Group.
Charlotte Clermont
2 Minutes
Quebec, Canada
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1/24/20 1:00pm at Cité des Arts
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