Le Champ de Mars
"the appearance of the desert of the real"
Le Champ de Mars is a large public park in Paris, France, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. In the evening, it becomes a gathering place to see the magical show of the city of light. An enchanting place at first glance, however, other realities pierce through.
The park is named after the Roman god of war. Southeast of the park, there is the École Militaire (Military School). The name alludes to the fact that the green lawns formerly were used as drilling and marching grounds by the French military. Footage and sound for this short film were captured on the 13th of November 2021, at the front door of Paris Photo 2021, precisely 6 years after the six terrorist attacks in Paris.
"The experience that life more and more is an artificially constructed universe gives rise to an irresistible urge to ‘return to the Real’, to regain firm ground in some ‘real reality'. The real which returns has the status of a(nother) semblance: precisely because it is real, that is, on account of its traumatic/excessive character, we are unable to integrate in into (what we experience as) our reality, and are therefore compelled to experience it as a nightmarish apparition." (Slavoj Zizek, Welcome to the Desert of the Real, 2002: Verso, London)
Directed by Nikolaas Boucquey
Written by Nikolaas Boucquey
Original music by Nikolaas Boucquey
Official selection Shockfest Film Festival, 2022
Finalist Paris International Short Festival, 2022
Semi-finalist Sydney Indie Short Festival, 2022
Semi-finalist Indie X Festival, Los Angeles, 2022
Semi-finalist Palm Springs Movie Awards, 2022
Semi-finalist Phoenix Shorts, 2022
Nikolaas BoucqueyOriginal music
Project Type:Experimental, Short
Genres:Poem, arthouse, avantgarde, reflective
Runtime:4 minutes 49 seconds
Completion Date:December 2, 2021
Production Budget:1,200 USD
Country of Origin:Belgium
Country of Filming:France
Shooting Format:Full HD
Paris International Short FestParis
January 5, 2022
Official selection Best Experimental Short
Palm Springs Movie AwardPalm Springs
March 10, 2022
IndieX Short Film FestLos Angeles
February 12, 2022
Phoenix shortsNorth York
February 26, 2022
Shockfest Film FestivalNew York, Salem, Las Vegas, Amarillo
December 10, 2022
Short Film Taking TimeDistributorCountry: BelgiumRights: All Rights
2021 Short Film Taking Time: screening short film/performance
2020 Short film/music videos
2019 Docent Energy Management at HOWEST University of Applied Sciences
2016 Bachelor of Arts in Art Sciences UGent (cum laude), Major Performance and Media Art
1994 Designer, project manager, manager
1993 Master in Bio-engineering sciences
1980 Poetry / Photography / Music
Short Film Taking Time: short film/performance inspired by Trienal Brugge on 20-24/07/2021 and 6-7/11/2021
The public is not present (2021), Semi-finalist Indie Short Fest International Film Festival LA
Carnage (2021), Award winner for Best Sound Design 2 12 17 Festival Paramakudi
Darkentries (2021), Semi-finalist ATFF Toronto, Semi-finalist IndieX short Film Festival LA
Forlorn fields (2020)
The writer (2020)
Wolf’s run (2020)
Online poetry: insert everywhere (2017)
From personal and on site-specific experiences, to the larger contemporary world. The process of creation is an exploration. Deejaying media and performing art, audio-visual art, poetry. I imagine for your pleasure, surprise, and awareness. Teasing to explore.
The audio-visual is rhythmic, colorful without hiding for dissonance. Sequences speak an intuitive non-reflective language, and open the senses, breaking down chronological time.
There are layers, and topics to be discovered. At present my dada is posthumanism, climate change, media, human drivers, the changing interactions between public spaces/private spheres/virtuality.
= Onsite objets-trouves.
Fragments of images, words, sound, music, text are objets-trouvés captured on the spot. The transcription of a comic, but also tragic existence, by meeting objects. Recruiting the sites’ specificity as one of the major actors. Before and after the site, there is the digging up of information, then there is the meeting and exploring, looking for experiences, languages, awareness, and truths....and eventually letting go to imagine another site.
Free transversal expression beyond the formal but inside conceptual frames, intentionally questioning contemporary audio-visual language and form.
Connotation, depth, and intensity however seasoned with critical surrealist humor.
Let yourself be inspired beyond the obvious...My work is not mine, it is also yours. It is an invite, not a finished object. The direction and pace of that possible journey are yours to choose...