Armand Lesecq

Keywords: Expanded cinema, Perception, Interior cinema

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Phosphene is a film for closed eyes and spatial sound. It uses a projection on the audience’s eyelids, a multichannel sound setup and a motorised hyper-directive loudspeaker.

Inspired by dreams, neurosciences and hypnosis, the project aims to explore varieties of inner spaces.
It is an attempt to reach those territories we might tend to forget or deny, between the surface of the senses and our interpretation of reality, in the depths of imagination, illusions and doubts.

J: "I didn't know there was so much space between my eyes and my eyelids."

V: “At some point I didn’t know if it was my mind, seeing something or if it was actually a projection. And it was… very comforting and very unsettling at the same time”

J: "I was trying to imagine the space"

C: "I could feel the warm of the brightness"

J: "I was trying not to see"

V: “When it’s dark you feel like “something might happen”, you don’t know what to expect”

J: "I wanted to open my eyes to see what was approaching me"

C: "I wanted to open my eyes like when we want a dream to end"

V: “It was so oversaturated at some point that we were not really free of any thoughts and some other times that was the opposite.”

R: “I really liked the differences in the eyes because, then your mind starts trying to piece that together.”

A: “When I had different things in my two eyes I really felt “Is there something moving really close to my face?”"