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Metaphor of the Iraq's war: the fish is watching, powerless, the star invading its territory (the bottle) following allegations this one could hide thousands of liters of anthrax (weapons of mass destruction).

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- In a February 2003 speech to the U.N. Security Council, Colin Powell alleged that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction (thousands of litres of Anthrax). However, after the U.S. had invaded Iraq, no weapons of mass destruction were found.

- In April 2017, the bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations, Sacha Llorenti, reminded the council of the disastrous weapons of mass destruction lie peddled by the US as a pretext to invade Iraq : “After this invasion, there was 1 million deaths".

SECRET, LIE AND DEATHS

Black/White and color - 2 min - 2017 - Sound Track - this video is part of SECRET, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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Teenagers and young women are still constrained to marry a man they neither choose, nor even met. The first part of the video shows a bride on balancing on a wire, reflecting her uncertain future. It's her personnal Crossing Over. Her fall is the symbol of all these married women that enter into this life of submission and abuses.

The second part of the video examines the protests of these women against violence, and their struggle for their rights.

The Conservative rejects their claims as a Western theory whose Universalist pretentions reflects an ethnocentric prejudice.

In our own societies, we saw actions against the dignity of women and their liberty becoming acceptable in front of the occidental courts: lay judges did not dare to condemn these barbarians’ practices against women because of a biased understanding of the concept of multiculturalism.

From the daughter of a men to the spouse of another, the subordinate and inferior position of women goes against all our laws.

Original Score by: Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

WOMAN versus WOMEN

Black/White - 2014 - 2 min - Sound Track - this video is part of FEMALE, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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"Le bien, disait Aristote au livre I de l’Éthique à Nicomaque, est ce vers quoi toute chose tend". Dans la vidéo "Philosophie du Verbe", Véronique Sapin joue avec ce verbe "tendre" en l'utilisant dans sa dimension concrète et physique: sur l'image, une corde est à tendre. Lorsqu'elle est tendue, la corde y symbolise l'équilibre, le juste, le bien. Tendue, comme la corde d'un arc ou celle d'un instrument de musique pour jouer juste, elle peut aider à conserver ou conquérir le bien. Pour continuer à se tendre, la corde sur la vidéo a besoin de l'effort continuel de chacune. Sur l'image, ce sont des femmes qui tiennent et contrôlent la corde. Toutes ont un rôle a jouer pour qu'elle reste tendue. La vidéo est une métaphore de la nécessaire lutte constante contre les atteintes à l'intégrité physique et aux droits des femmes.

Véronique Sapin métaphorise ainsi ce que Hannah Arendt appelle «·l'agir-ensemble·»: agir est une responsabilité, le contraire de la résignation : dire non, refuser, être capable de s’indigner…

La succession des verbes d'action qui martèlent l'image de la vidéo, entre en écho avec la réfléxion de la philosophe selon laquelle, l’action et la parole sont étroitement liées. La vidéo expose le fait que du rassemblement des personnes naît la puissance politique qui «·jaillit parmi des êtres-humains lorsqu’ils agissent ensemble, et retombe dès qu’ils se dispersent·».

Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

VERBS FOR PHILOSOPHY

Black/White - 5 min - 2016 - Sound Track - Original Score by: Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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VIDEOS

Veronique Sapin

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In a landscape of war which is reduced to unstable bitmap display, the thirst of the Dove is a metaphor to the impossible mankind's thirst of peace.

THIRSTING FOR DOVE

Black/White - 2014 - 2 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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The video speaks about one of these acts which drive humanity to regress towards the animal: the acid attack

The acid attack is a crime with a marked gender skew. Women and girls are victims in 75-80% of cases. Of the female victims, about 30% are under 18.

1,500 cases are recorded around the world every year. However that is likely to be massively underreported. Most victims are fearful to report it to the police for fear of reprisal. The acid attacks are increasing.

My name is Human Being. I have the right to choose everything in my life; just like you; because it's only natural. ISN' T IT ? That's why I am turning my face towards you with complete confidence.

This is the way we imagine what should be the highest shape of the relations between the human beings. We are still far from this ideal.

I AM TURNING MY FACE TOWARD YOU

Black/White - 2014 - 5'25 - Sound Track in french and english - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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Living for the respect of human rights and dying because of this commitment... Its what happened to these women. We are concerned by the murders of these persons. We have to fight against them forgets because the memory is a weapon in front of the inhumanity. This video is an act of resistance.

We have a duty of remembrance towards the persons who were murdered because of their involvement to the human rights defense. This video speaks about some women who lost their life because they were women's rights defenders. The list is unfortunatly incomplete.

ERASED WOMEN

Black/White and color - 2013 - 6min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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The Parisian dandy, Bernard Henry Levy faced strong rebuttals from noted intellectuals because of his lack of rigour and its caricatural depictions of troubled zones during wartime. The most common accusation towards Lévy is of him being one-sided and shallow as a thinker. Gilles Deleuze called Lévy's methods "vile"; and Vidal-Naquet wrote: "BHL's intellectual dishonesty is properly unfathomable".

However, although widely ridiculed, his influence persists.

"I was... I was also... I am... I think... I know... What I saw with my eyes... for moral values... I advocated for military action... it's a a real progress in civilisation...Believe me, believe me..."

The french flashy and media star philosopher, Bernard Henry Levy is explaining that his thought is inspired on what he sees "with his eyes". Because what he sees is inevitably The Truth, he indicates us who are the goodies and the baddies. For moral values, the only thing to do is to bomb the baddies... The kind of profound thoughts that the medias like.

Extracted images from "Head to Head", program from Al-Jazeera TV - 2013 - June 8th

THE TOURIST (Bernard Henri Levy)

Black/White and color - 2012 - 2min - Sound Track - this video is part of PROTEST, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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A video in three deaths which raises the question of the image's status: from the one who takes the images to the one who shows them.

1st death: an aint which meets a cocroach in the agony. It is interested in the cocroach's death but this one is hangs on to its life.

2nd died: the ant clocked by its booty meets a human foot. The ant is interested in its own life but the foot hangs on it.

3nd died: a youg woman, Doa Khalil Aswad is put to death in front of our eyes by men who consider she dishonored her family. These images of "honor killing", visible in Youtube in a report of CNN, come from a mobile phone of a witness. However despicable they are, these images exist. Véronique Sapin is the witness of the withness. Several questions appears: how ordinary men can took the life and dead power on an other human-being; Why this man has filmed the murder ? why he has places these images on You Tube ? Who is the animal ?

IMAGE, ANIMAL, IMAGE (Live - Die - Testify)

Black/White - 2011 - 4min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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With her video, The Battle of Naked Men, Veronique Sapin moves her work on human vulnerability from a philosophical field toward a more political dimension.

This is not a battle : men are lined up and a child is sleeping.

There are no naked men : men are in uniform and the sleeping child is wearing a torn T-shirt.

However, social violence is extremly strong in the images. What do these men at attention in a street where a dirtychild in rags and tatters is sleeping on the ground, at their feet ?

The battle is announced. It is inevitable

THE BATTLE OF NAKED MEN

Black/White - 2010 - 3'42 - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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Solidarity will be the last reason for hope for humankind. Two little girls are sitting on the ground in the middle of other children. One is looking for lice in the hair of the other one and is crushing them with her nails. This gesture which is not peculiar to humankind looks back to archaic exchanges between people. It is both a disgusting and reassuring vision. The lice represent what is repulsive in a person. To patiently remove lice from the head is to overcome a first hostile reaction and to see only another self.

REASONS FOR HOPE

Black/White - 2010 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron - this video is part of WONDER, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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For Malala Yousafzai and her fight against the traditions which forbid the education for women that maintain them in ignorance and dependence.

A girl draws the letters of the alphabet on the wall. Two men ask her to erase them creating an atmosphere of strong tension. In a scene behind closed doors, the looks and words of both men and their attitudes are a lesson for the little boy there. Contrary to the intimidated girls who rush off, he stays.

DEAD LETTERS

Black/White - 2010 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron - this video is part of AGGRESSION, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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Imagination helped men compensate for their ignorance and·master their fears. When the result of the imagination of a single person becomes The Truth·for a multitude of·other persons, doubt is the only obstacle to indoctrination.

THE DOUBT

Black/White - 2008 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron - this video is part of VITAL, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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When a bubble becomes a "life conductor"

THE BANKER AND THE FINANCIAL BUBBLE

Black/White - 2009 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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When I created this video, I lived in the Middle East. Very often the medias reported events which often seemed to me crazy and dramatic. The stereotypical way a lot of men consider their honor and their virility are at their origin barbaric acts against women most of the time, but sometimes against other men, too.

The story in the video was in the "Gulf News", the 25th August 2008. That day, because of a mustache a crime was committed in one of the United Arab Emirates.

I was feeling very lucky to be born in a country where this kind of caricature stereotype is absent from the minds of men. In the video I draw a parallel between barbarity and tolerance. In sensuous play with my boyfriend, our legs fight delicately together.

CARICATURES AND MALES

Black/White - 2009 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron - this video is part of MAN, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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Above me, the tallest tour in the world,

Next to me, the biggest shopping mall in the world,

To a radio broadcast, the most serious global economic crisis,

In the newspapers, the most serious climate change,

In front of me, the man the most...

In front of him, steps... After the steps... the emptiness

Twenty years ago, we could predicted all of this, but our governments didn't change anything.

SOMEWHERE IN 2009

Black/White - 2009 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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"What is it that has a voice and walks on four legs in the morning, on two at noon, and on three in the evening?" Oedipus answered that it was man who, as a child crawls on all fours, as an adult walks on two legs, and in old age uses a stick as a third leg.

THE SHADOW OF THE SPHINX (The Life is a Children's Game)

Black/White - 2008 - 7min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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Overconsumption and overpopulation… we behave towards the planet like virus in a healthy body. Our irresponsible behaviour towards the future is my main preoccupation. The continual growth of the world population is my strongest concern.

It is warning of war, malnutrition, poverty, diseases, obstacles in the education, regression of human rights and particularly rights of women.

TOO MUCH

Black/White - 2008 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron - this video is part of PREOCCUPATION, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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"We need the "Lightnesses of a World" created by Veronique Sapin who never end in deep beings by braving the fall with flying images always close to the imbalance and the extinction".

Marc Mercier, in Bref Magazine, September 2007

THE LIGHTNESSES OF A WORLD

Black/White - 2007 - 10 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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When the smile is illuminating the face, it encourages the sympathy. When a frank smile turns gradually into a sad smile, the doubt comes and the positive emotion is transformed in feelings of uneasiness. When this smile disapears and becomes a kind of facial expression with deep concern.

In the video, the face of a little girl oscillates between these two emotions. The loop from a gentle smile to a sad smile to a gentle smile... restricts the field of emotions in a pendular slip. The girl seems to struggle to put a sile on her lips before being again overwhelmed by negative thoughts.

FREEDOM

Black/White - 2007 - 1'35 - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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Equality is a principle whereby human beings share the same rights and duties. In the video, two children are playing. They are twisting each other. Great smiles are flourishing on their faces, but if we look carefully at the boy's gestures, the game is not so innocent. These images was taken unexpectedly without any instructions.

EQUALITY

Black/White - 2007 - 2'30 - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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We find fraternity in the encounter, the friction or the confrontation with people. On a daily basis, however, the link between people is most often depending of interests, competition, functionality and even distrust.

The video tells us about a self-sufficient fraternity which is reserved for those who share the same economic situation, the same origin, the same religion... The people who is not "with" becomes gradually "against".

FRATERNITY

Black/White - 2007 - 6'35 - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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The motto "Union gives strenght" must be kept in mind constantly

THE "WE" GAME

Black/White - 2007 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron - this video is part of RESISTANCE, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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"Union gives strenght"

LIFES AND LINES - The Philosopher's Portrait

Black/White - 2006 - 9'35 - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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Everything will become dust: "Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas".

AND THEN, THE TOTAL BLANK

Black/White - 2005 - 2min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron - this video is part of FRAGILITY, the video-composition of the FemLink-Art Collective

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A succession of subtles echos driving a slow maturation, a fulfilment. The man’s movement is a junction between the grave and the light.

"Man (…) is like leaves. He needs wind to blow through to sing" (Jean Giono, "Let me joy remain")

THE HOURS AND THE INSTANT

Black/White - 2005 - 13 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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The video starts with one Zoom-in: a slow approach of the "earth" on which 3 children walk. One of them starts to run on a few meters·; he stops, then lowers him trousers to make excrement. The two others approach and make the same thing. All simply occurs, in silence and calms.

The image of the children undergoes a constant deleting : the white color seeks to impose itself according to a rate/rhythm and a variable intensity. The scene is revealed to us in partly only. The identity of the children remains undefined·; we distinguishe them only with their size and with their black shirt. This blur, associated with a strong contrast, gives them a body made up in the same matter as the ground which surrounds them. They arise from the image like a digest of dust.

The children seem to await something which does not arrive. They occupy the wait with actions related to their organic needs. These are these organic needs which define a specific time and a specific space to the video. The three children are placed as principal characters supposed to endorse a role and to enter in a dramatic action. However they do not do anything because they seek neither of a role nor of a dialogue.

This non-activity doesn’t mean any tension. The only movment of aggressivity stop quickly as if the children were aware of his uselessness.

The Utopia is here the name of waiting which is spread in a cyclic and immutable time. It makes it possible to fix a term, an objective with any human life, even if this one is ultimately reduced to the satisfaction of essential needs.

UTOPIA

Black/White - 2003 - 11 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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A pastel poem about a wandering ark, guided by Noah's uncontrolled imagination. A new ark, a new Noah for a flood which perhaps has never receded.

BALANCE - The Uncertain Ark

Black/White - 2002 - 9 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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Inside an abandoned foundry, a man remembers the gestures made during his whole working life. Alone in a delapidated setting, the memories rise out of his body into movement that speaks of a lifetime of experience and imprints our memories of a bygone industrial era.

FLORIDA

Black/White - 1997 - 6 min - Sound Track - Co-director : Dominique Banoun

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HUNT

Black/White - 1997 - 10 min - Sound Track - Co-director : Dominique Banoun

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HUNT

Black/White - 1997 - 10 min - Sound Track - Co-director : Dominique Banoun

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THE MARY'S WINDOWS

Black/White and color - 1999 - 14 min - Sound Track -

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THE MARY'S WINDOWS

Black/White and color - 1999 - 14 min - Sound Track -

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WALTZ

Black/White - 1999 - 1 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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WALTZ

Black/White - 1999 - 1 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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THE LITTLE WHITE POINTS

Black/White - 1999 - 2 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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DAMES GAMES

Black/White - 1998 - 15 min - Sound Track - Original Score : Fleurine Guiguet d'Oron

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This short experimental narrative is built up in such a way that it shows picture sets regularly and periodically divised like spread out atoms cast in order, as it were. The succession of pictures and signs is to make a kind of crystal like work wherein the little girl’s destiny is summed up.

The best possible understanding of the video aims at refining the pictural record up to the essential; hence the introduction of set pictures that lead up to a story board to be made in the rough. That cold reception of pictures in succession infer a mechanical and inevitable sense of destiny.

In addition to it, the run on pictures are interrupted by inter-spaced written texts, closed upon themselves, isolated to each other, like autistic sequences, as it were. The video screen seems to skip from one square space to another suggesting a DAMES GAMES play.

Thanks to this rythmical aspect, the author tries to draw out delicate and impressionistic touches leading up to events in succession that are going to upset the child’s life.

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- And Yet She Turns

- Philosophia of Verbs

- I am turning my Face Towards you

- Erased Women

- Dead Letters

- Freedom

- Equality

- The Windows of Eva

- Dames' Game

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- The Shadow of the Sphinx

- That is Nothing

- Philosophia of Verbs

- Images, Animal, Images

- The Doubt

- The Reason for Hope

- The Battle of Naked Men

- The "We" Games

- The Lightenesses of one World

- Lives and Lines - Portrait of the philosopher

-And Then... Nothing

- Utopia

- Equilibrium

- The Smal White Points

- Hunt

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- Secret, Lie and Deaths

- Soif de Colombe

- The Tourist

- The Battle of Naked Men

- The Banker and the Financial Bubble

- Somewhere in 2009

- From Caricatures to a Man

- Too Much

- Waltz at Lachine

- Florida