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About Love

About love is a one-minute videopoem inspired by short Japanese poetry. It mixes an experimental approach for the images and the musicality of a narrative poem. It’s more a crossover than a clash because it’s like the way we feel love or more, the lack of love. The video was shoot with a mobile because now our love stories are connected, using the network as a personal diary. The lights filmed are flashing as our changing feelings. A cold stars like a frozen fire in our lonely souls.

  • yves bommenel (bobie)
  • Olly Jenkins
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    About Love (A propos de l'amour)
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2016
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  • velcom Smart Film festival
    East Europe
  • Cyclop International Videopoetry Festival
    Official selection
Director Biography - yves bommenel (bobie)

Born in Provence in the spring of 1969, I work in arts and culture sector for twenty-five years. I made radio shows, produced festivals, created magazines, a design studio or a publishing house… Largely self-taught, my career has been built over the meetings. From my experience in the press, I kept a taste for short forms in text, music or video.
If I write, film or play, poetry remains my way. So I started by writing, then I played and I still play in a garage rock band (Mike Hey No More). I then approached the dialogue between words, sounds and pictures live in the multimedia trio Ana in 2004. Since I am particularly focused on works where the text takes other paths than the paper like live performances (Printemps des poètes, BPI Pompidou, Capc Bordeaux, Jimmachine tour in Japan…), visual art (Chevaux 2 Vent) and internet (Viral) or mainly video poetry.
My video work has been featured on festivals, webzines and galleries in England (Liberated Worlds/Bristol Poetry Festival, Pallant House Gallery), Belgium (Antwerp Filmpoem Festival), the USA (Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, Viewster, Toff, Gnarled Oak, International Mobile Film Festival), Lithuania (Tarp festival), Ukraine (Cyclop Videopoetry International Festival), Greece (International Film Festival Poetry), Australia and New Zealand (Mina), Brazil (Mobgraphia), Spain (Sinestesia), but also in France: Vidéoformes, Instants Video, Ciné Poèmes etc.
Otherwise I got the Coup de Coeur Prix du Carnet de Voyage Numérique in the Rendez-vous du Carnet de voyage of Clermont-Ferrand for my filmpoem Yama Sakura.
For me, videopoetry is this rare moment of grace where images carry with music an imaginary in osmosis of the text. A quest somehow…

2016 Fanfares’ Cut-up 3 min 56
2016 About love 1 min
2015 Fragile 3 min 13
Finalist Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Worcester (USA)
International Film Poetry Festival Athens (Greece)
2014 Sakura Yama 1 min 52
Coup de Coeur Prix du Carnet de Voyage Numérique Rendez-vous du Carnet de voyage Clermont-Ferrand (France) Finalist Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival Worcester (USA)
Cyclop International Videopoetry Festival Kiev (Ukrain)
International Film Poetry Festival Athens (Greece)
Toff (USA)
Ciné Poème Bezons (France)
Gnarled Oak online literary journal (USA)
Mina 2015 (Australia, New Zealand, France)
Mobgraphia (Brazil)
International Mobile Film Festival (USA)
2013 Vivre (to live) 2 min 53
Filmpoem Festival Antwerpen 2014 (Belgium)
International Film Poetry Festival Athens (Greece)
2013 Circulaire 1 min
Instants Vidéo Marseille (France)
Tarp Festival Vilnius (Lithuania)
2013 In Nomine Pixel, 2 min 42
2013 Septentrion, 2 min 58
Liberated Worlds at Bristol Poetry Festival (UK)
Film Poetry Festival Athens (Greece)
2013 Tensui 0 min 51
2012 Ma Déchirure 2 min 59
2012 Raspoutine 2 min 55
2012 Dommages collatéraux 2 min 37
2012 1932 2 min 59 2012
Vidéoformes Clermont-Ferrand (France)
Viewster (USA)
2012 L'Escalator 3 min 07
2012 Rétrospectives 2 min 37
Colloque Poe/Trans/Fi Université Paul Valéry Montpellier (France)
2012 Porn count 2 min 27
Ch :Art TV event Pallant House Gallery (UK)
2012 Pixelite 2 min 05
2012 Script 2 min 16
2012 Fugitifs 2 min 53
Sinestesia Barcelona (Spain)
2012 Calaveras 2 min 55
2012 Cadences 3 min 30
2012 Coquelicœur 1 min 31
2011 RVB 1 min 46

Movies made by others with my texts
2010 Géométrie voyageuse 9 min 22 Zat “point de vue/point de vie” by David Olivari (mairie de Montpellier)
2010 Fragments 19 min 24 Video travel book by Sylvain Duigou
2008 Hécatombe Live cinema Ana with Sylvain Duigou and Laurent Rodriguez
2007 La Petite mort - A Festival Mix'o-Matos with Sylvain Duigou and Chicken Sushi
2007 La Petite mort -B Festival Mix'o-Matos with Laurent Rodriguez and Hallo

Chevaux 2 Vent / Visual poetry, land art (Printemps des poètes, Détours du monde…)
iCÔNe / Live music, video and reading with Loran Qui (Petites Formes (D)cousues)
Gros village / Short story (revue Criez !)
Viral / Online poetry community project
Ana illustré / Visual poetry, text + computer pictures (Festival Les Boutographies)
Ana / Poetry (éditions Bizarre, illustrated by Label Hélène)
Hécatombe / Fantastic (éditions Bizarre, illustrated by Patrick Singh)
La Danse des escargots / Child tales (festival d’Hasselt Belgique, illustrated by Catherine Jean)
Andrea / Short story (concours 3 heures pour écrire)
Les Aventures de Ricardo Fender / Comics (magazine El Kas, illustrated by Jean-Pascal Marron)
Solar Blast / Mike Hey No More, EP vinyl (M.H.F)
Es Paro / Mike Hey No More, music, LP (Be Fast !)
Mike Hey, portrait of a lost predator / Mike Hey No More, music LP + e-comics CD rom (M.H.F)
Nuclear Girl/Sunglasses / Mike Hey No More, music, Single vinyl (Polygamm rcs)
Poésitron / Online poem's generator, ...

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Director Statement

My video poems don't illustrate the poetry. My goal is to engage the words, sounds and images. This is why I do all by myself. It's a research on the common aesthetic that emerges and changes of direction that bring to each other. Sound played on an image, an image based on a text, sees its meaning change, combine, merges to give birth to a new poetic object. The quest for a "videopoetique" somehow.