Cyprien Gaillard’s 3D film Nightlife (2015) weaves together a visual narrative among four seemingly unconnected moments in time and space to create an immersive installation that takes the viewer on a voyage from Cleveland to Berlin to Los Angeles. Filmed entirely at night, and devoid of all human presence, the film is nonetheless imbued with the political, social, and natural impacts of human actions and interactions. The meditative soundtrack and slow-motion camera lull the viewer into a hypnotic state.
Cyprien Gaillard: Nightlife
Collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Gaillard’s process is rooted in a visual archaeology based on the erosion of physical forms, social meaning and the historical gaze. With a keen interest in ruins, he focuses on the heritage and future of architecture, and the recurring nature of time. Born in Paris in 1980, he lives and works in Berlin. Winner of the Prix Marcel-Duchamp in 2010, Cyprien Gaillard is one of the outstanding artists of his generation.
Nightlife, 2015 by Cyprien Gaillard is co-presented by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Cinémathèque québécoise.