Film written and directed by Loris Gréaud.
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Rampling, Pascal Greggory, The Residents, Abel Ferrara, Michael Lonsdale, Claude Parent, Voodoo Queen Priestess Miriam Chamani, Betty Catroux.
Original soundtrack: The Residents.
Running time: 70 - 120 minutes.
In association with Cryptic Corporation - Greaudstudio.
Production in association with MK2.
Official trailer and film's website.
Sculpt is Loris Gréaud's first major exhibition project to take place on the West Coast of the United States, as well as being his first feature-length film.It offers a unique experience to each viewer who sees it as an immersive environment. For this presentation, LACMA's Bing Theater will be reconfigured for only one audience member at a time. Each screening will therefore be a unique one-person experience, with the movie seemingly watching its visitor as it is watched.
Sculpt is a social science-fiction movie that depicts how a market of unprecedented shapes and experiences organizes itself. These new shapes and experiences are all the more sought-after as they are evasive. The thought recording and the fascination of internal space are no longer fantasies, but the true subject of a global market that feeds on the quest of these moments of pure intensity, experiences of beauty, thought and obsessions.
Rethinking cinema in form, content, and its relationship to audience.
The movie relates how this ecosystem structures itself with its new “dealers”, intermediaries, buyers, “collectors” and “producers”, and how this elite sets experiences whose sole subject is the quest for the masterpiece of its type. No one suspects what is the plot behind these “objects” while the counterpoint of this universe is simultaneously being set up: a black market of impure experiences, a dystopian and violent universe.
The film follows the thoughts of a man about whom we know very little, who seems to be constantly developing the concept of what experiencing beauty, thought, or obsession can be, despite the risks to which the subjects are exposed in the long term. The character imagines himself able to control the game of supply and demand of this new universe, and to enact its rules and standards. But he will soon discover that the limits of the internal spaces of the market that represents them are being as one.
The LACMA exhibition, the sole authorized and official venue for this unique presentation, took place thanks to the generous loan of the film from August 16 to October 24 from Voodoo Queen Priestess Miriam Chamani, who will remain the custodian of the film master until her death. Then, a series of bootlegs and stolen clips from the movie will occasionally reappear via a black market, during illegal screenings throughout the world, as far as the reaches of the Dark Web will allow. Sculpt will thus reach its main goal: to become one of the obsessions whose story it endeavored to describe.
The film 'Grumpy Bear: The Great Spinoff', a spin-off from 'Sculpt', will be shown at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as part of Loris Gréaud's first solo exhibition in Israel. At this occasion, he will receive the 2018 Contemporary Art Prize.