Thanks to jerome pidoux for creating the website.
All vincent moon's work is made under donations only.

v.
march 2010

 

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SHORT BIO

Vincent Moon (real name Mathieu Saura) was born in Paris in 1979.

At the age of 18, while living in Paris, he set out to learn everything he possibly could about art forms and cultures. It was a period of intense learning, reading, and practice that lasted ten years. He studied photography for 3 years at the Atelier Reflexe in Montreuil, where he met the photographers Michael Ackerman and Antoine D'Agata, who informed Vincent Moon’s experiments of style//approach and visual experiments. At the time, he used to put his photos in motion, using simple slideshow techniques and music to tell stories. In 2003, Vincent Moon started the photography blog Les Nuits de Fiume, documenting Parisian nightlife.

As a result of his encounter with the work of experimental filmmakers Peter Tscherkassky and Stephen Dwoskin, Vincent Moon started to make films in 2005. For the next two years he made short films, mixing intimate storytelling experiment with various techniques, from super 8 to cellphone cameras. He was quick to grasp the various possibilities the internet offered for releasing and sharing his work online and freely. At this time, he also initiated various projects related to music, directing lo-fi videos for ClogsSylvain Chauveau and The National (a band who used Moon's photos for their album Alligator).

In 2006, inspired by the film Step Across the Border on the English guitarist Fred Frith, he created with Christophe 'Chryde' Abric the 'Concert à Emporter / Take Away Shows' project, La Blogotheque's popular video podcast (takeawayshows.com). The Take Away Shows is a series of improvised outdoor video sessions with musicians, set in unexpected locations and broadcast freely on the web. In four years, they managed to shoot over two hundred videos clips with bands like REMArcade FireSufjan StevensTom Jones, BeirutGrizzly Bear, and Sigur Ros and many more. Vincent Moon perfected his style: an immediately recognizable intimacy, always with fragile and dancing long shots, often shot in one take without rehearsal.

The Take Away Shows quickly gathered a large online following, The New York Times presented its impact as 'Vincent Moon reinvented the music video'. An entire new generation of young filmmakers around the world recognized the influence of the whole concept, this natural organic approach to music. A study from 2010 showed that more than 100 online film projects were directly inspired by the La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows.

Meanwhile, Vincent Moon petted side projects, exploring formats other than his Take Away Shows and experimenting with the relationship between sound and image. Moon directed A SKIN, A NIGHT, a movie-essay on the New-York based band, The National. In A Skin, A Night, Vincent Moon filmed the band during while they the recording ed of their celebrated album, 'Boxer', exploring the creative process and the struggle of giving birth to music. Released in 2008, the film stirred up heated debate among fans, due to its experimental approach and lack of straight-forward shots.

In 2007 and 2008, Moon collaborated with Michael Stipe and REM on several video and web projects related to their album 'Accelerate' such as the 48min essay 6 DAYS, the experimental ninety-days-long web project called 90 NIGHTS (www.ninetynights.com), the video and the website for the single SUPERNATURAL SUPERSERIOUS (www.supernaturalsuperserious.com/), and the acclaimed THIS IS NOT A SHOW (co-directed by Jeremiah), a live movie on their Dublin performances in the summer of 2007.

In November 2007, Vincent Moon released with Chryde, the founder of La Blogothèque, CHEAP MAGIC INSIDE, a film about the band Beirut. All the 12 songs from the new album 'The Flying Club Cup' were filmed in the streets of Brooklyn, in a one-take experiment (http://flyingclubcup.com/).

In 2008, Vincent Moon was the main creator of the cult film MIROIR NOIR, a 76min movie following The Arcade Fire on tour. Moon lost the final cut on the film and decided to withdraw from being credited as director of it.

From 2005 to 2009, Vincent Moon recorded the ATP Music Festival, an independent rock festival from the UK. His images ended up in the critically acclaimed film ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES (2009, 90min), co-directed by Jonathan Caouette, and was released to critical acclaims. Vincent Moon's series of experimental gonzo films from the same festival are soon to be released under the name FROM ATP. The titles include thirty-minute-long Sketches from a nightmareFrom SmokeFrom Midden and From Ghosts.

In November 2008, Vincent Moon traveled to Prague with longtime collaborators Antoine Viviani and Gaspar Claus to document the mythical Havlovi, a couple of musicians who dedicated their life to their instruments, the ancient viola da gamba. The result, LITTLE BLUE NOTHING (2009, 50min) has been screened in several cities around the world, and receiveding good favourable reviews and keen audience response by audiences.

In March 2009, cellist Gaspar Claus and Vincent Moon embarked on a journey to Japan to portray the cult poet, musician and painter Kazuki Tomokawa. The film LA FAUTE DES FLEURS, sometimes considered Moon's best work, has won the Sound & Vision Award at the documentary film festival CPH DOX 2009 in Denmark. A rare thing for Moon, as he never submits his work for competitions. 

In April 2009, he organized and recorded a concert of singer Lhasa de Sela in Montreal, to promote her new album. Unfortunately, this concert would be Lhasa's last one in Canada, as she passed away later that year. Those films have been released online since then.

Later that month, Moon has been working with the cult post rockers from Glasgow, Mogwai, around their live show in New York City. BURNING, a 50' live film from that performance, co-directed by Nathanael Le Scouarnec. BURNING,  representsis a radical vision of live music, a unique attempt in documenting music on stage, and has been considered one of the best music films in history.

During the year 2009, Moon started to explore other approaches to music, leaving a little bit the Take Away Shows project to other filmmakers, and created his own blog Fiume Nights, where he started to develop ideas about media, culture and creation in the 21st century, and continued to make short films.

In December 2009, Vincent Moon was invited to document the WARP 20 event in London, featuring Broadcast, Battles, Nice Nice, and Mira Calix. The experimental film that resulted, AND THEE, ECHO, has not yet been released.

In August 2010, Moon collaborated with Efterklang on a very unique project, AN ISLAND (www.anisland.cc), shot on the Danish island of Als. Vincent Moon and Efterklang relased the film exclusively online in January 2011, developing of a new method of film distribution called 'private-public screenings' - people who want to see the film have to organize their own screenings. The massive success of the operation (over 1100 home screenings to date) led to a new concept in online cinema.

Vincent Moon took a new direction in his personal life and career in December 2008, setting out to lead a nomadic lifestyle without a home, traveling with his backpack only, flying from one country to next instead of buying return tickets. He relies on local connections wherever he travels. This mode of travel led to a search beyond the indie and / alternative scenes and to his discoveries of traditional and folk music around the world. 

In May 2011, Vincent Moon launched Collection Petites Planètes, a 'nomadic film and music label'. Collection Petites Planètes (www.petitesplanetes.cc) explores the limits of ethnographic representation, recording people, culture, music, religion and ritual in the twenty-first century.

Moon has been traveling in Chile, Argentina, Cambodia, Egypt, Poland, Iceland, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, Sardinia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, Croatia, and Ethiopia for the Collection Petites Planètes since 2010. Always making films with and of the local people, he’s now focused on traditional and sacred music.

In May 2011, Vincent Moon launched Collection Petites Planètes, a 'nomadic film and music label'. Collection Petites Planètes (www.petitesplanetes.cc) explores the limits of ethnographic representation, and Vincent Moon engages with local people at every stage in the making of the films. As the rest of Moon's work, the films released through Collection Petites Planètes are licensed under Creative Commons. Collection Petites Planètes is funded almost exclusively through donations on his website. Rejecting traditional professionalism in favor of twenty-first century amateurism, Vincent Moon no longer produces for profit. Instead, he collaborates with local creators and young talent all over the world. Vincent Moon is currently traveling the world, questioning the established norms of visual representations of the 'other'.

Moon has been traveling in Chile, Argentina, Cambodia, Egypt, Poland, Iceland, Brazil, Colombia, Turkey, Sardinia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, the Philippines, Croatia, and Ethiopia for the Collection Petites Planètes since 2010. Always making films with and of the local people, he’s now focused on traditional and sacred music.

In March 2011, Vincent Moon teamed up with the electronic folk duo Lulacruza to explore the musical cultures of urban and provincial Colombia. The resulting work, ESPERANDO EL TSUNAMI (www.esperando.cc), has been released in November 2011, using the  AN ISLAND system of 'private-public screenings'.

In October 2011, Moon portrayed the Indonesian capital in JAKARTA JAKARTA! (www.jakartajakarta.cc), a film exploring the various music scenes and cultural layers of the exciting megapolis. To be released later in 2012.

Rejecting traditional professionalism in favor of twenty-first century amateurism, Vincent Moon no longer produces for profit. Instead, he collaborates with local creators and young talent all over the world. Vincent Moon is currently traveling the world, questioning the established norms of visual representations of the 'other'.

 

SHORT POINT ON TECHNOLOGY

Panasonic 171. Shotgun mic. Zoom H2N and Zoom H4N. Sennheiser wireless transmitters. Tram lavelier mic. Final cut pro. Compressor. Vimeo. Creative Commons licence by-nc-sa.

 

ARTICLES & STUFF

creative commons
wikipedia
cph dox (denmark)
cnn (usa)
live music blog (usa)
vice (czechoslovakia)
qetic (japan)
fluctuat (france)
new york magazine (usa)
reporte indigo (argentina)
musikeren (denmark)
944 (usa)
la tercera (chile)
radar radar radar (brasil)
prefix (usa)
guardian (uk)
toujours un coup d'avance (france)
telerama (france)
cyberpresse (canada)
fluid radio (uk)
blender (usa)
nylon (usa)
the badger herald (usa)
current tv (usa)
you are the music (usa)
good (usa)
super 45 (chile)