Maelstrom & Louisahhh William Guillon sculpture soundtrack
Filmmaker Benjamin Juhel explores the physical process and inner universe of designer William Guillon, who extends his multidisciplinary sculptural practice in collaboration with dancer Nicole Muratov from the Opéra National de Bordeaux and production duo Maelstrom & Louisahhh.
Anatomy Of Chaos is a dark and visceral portrait of Bordeaux designer and art director William Guillon, whose visceral sculptural practice is captured by filmmaker Benjamin Juhel, of Maison Mouton Noir. Working in collaboration with dancer Nicole Muratov of the Opéra National de Bordeaux and longtime production partners Maelstrom and Louisahhh, Guillon achieves a multidisciplinary extension of his singular style, which amplifies beauty in unconventional forms. Working primarily in cast bronze, a process documented in Anatomy Of Chaos, Guillon seeks to push the boundaries of the material, creating textured and intricate works that seemingly draw as much influence from the natural world as from more esoteric and macabre places, towards a a sort of contemporary gothic sculpture, half functional art, half alchemical instrument. Its process is translated into movement by Muratov, whose twisted, instinctive physicality follows the gnarled, imperfect forms of Guillon’s sculpture. Putting the artist’s concept of functional art into a haunting context, Guillon’s objects are revealed as part of a larger, transformative ritual, the result of his alchemical experimentation.
As if channeling the dark energy emanating from Guillon’s work, producers Maelstrom and Louisahhh lend their new track “If I Could Hold” to Juhel and Guillon’s vision, which serves as the lead single from the collaborators’ long-awaited debut album. , Sustained Resistance. A jagged reflection on the excruciating pains of deepest love, “If I Could Hold” sees Maelstrom and Louisahhh contort their “punk for techno heads, techno for punks” sound into passionate and ominous new forms, invoking the frustration and paranoia of post-pandemic disillusionment. “It was a happy accident that the audiovisual universes collided so harmoniously, with sound and aesthetic teams sharing an appreciation for process, a relationship with the instinctive and divine labor that channels and manifests creation,” the duo explain. “The film explores the method, both in terms of a metaphorical “muse hunt” (represented by Nicole Muratov of the Opéra National de Bordeaux) and also literal: the sculpting, molding and shaping of raw materials that make up Guillon’s famous sculptural work. It’s always a great pleasure when art creates more art, and it feels like the synergy between our music and William’s sculpture (as captured in this video) has created a new and exciting “third thing” that is almost unintentional, and therefore more magical.”
They continue. “We are truly honored to have been able to work on this project, and the fact that the themes of ‘muse hunting’, or the chaotic, ecstatic, sometimes painful act of creation, are so dear to us and so present to us. here mean a lot when it comes to a visual representation of our sound, and the announcement of this Sustained Resistance record comes as the culmination of a creative partnership that dates back to 2013, when Louisahhh first visited the Maelstrom in his Nantes base.After four collaborative EPs for Bromance Records and the launch of their own label, RAAR, their debut album sees Maelstrom and Louisahhh and their most brutal at their most beautiful, taking rage against broken systems of governance, heartbreak for those lost in the past turbulent years and the determination to find new ways of thinking and being as the raw material for a strong and urgent witness.Sustained Resistance is the sound of fighting back, both u n prescient diagnosis and a battle cry for the future.
“If I Could Hold” is from Sustained Resistance, which arrives via RAAR on February 10, 2023. You can find both Louisahhh and Maelstrom on Instagram.
For more information about William Guillon and his work, you can find him on Instagram and visit his website.
Chaos Anatomy Credits:
A project by William Guillon
Director – Maison Mouton Noir
Music – Maelstrom & Louisahhh
Choreography & Dance – Nicole Muratov
Sound Design – Into The Wave Studio
Special thanks – YNDO Hotel, Fonderie Des Cyclops, Ateliers Arquié, Undercover, Saint Emilion Town Hall, Banque Populaire Foundation
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