The Institute of Scenic, Audiovisual and Cinematographic Studies IESAV is attached to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Saint Joseph University in Beirut, LEBANON. Since its creation in 1988, IESAV has remained a pioneering institution in audiovisual, cinematographic and theatrical studies in the Near East. IESAV offers three cycles of training: Bachelor, Master and Doctorate. Innovative educational strategies, specialized premises, state-of-the-art equipment and wide dissemination of its works ensure the theoretical and technical training essential to the personal and professional success of the student at IESAV.
The workshop :
The videos of IESAV students were produced as part of the Alternative Video course in Bachelor 3. Different approaches were offered to the students to encourage them to think differently about the video medium for which they have essentially a cinematographic approach. For this, it was necessary to break with the narrative to which they were accustomed in order to develop a new language. This was done throughout the semester in the experimentation of the videographic medium by a reflection on their political, social and cultural environment.
In Lebanon, the political system is confessional and the coexistence between the various communities has for many years been extremely fragile. To this must be added chaos, violence and corruption that are part of every Lebanese’s daily life. Students were to observe the consequences of these living conditions in order to take a critical look at their daily lives. Based on their perceptions and the resulting emotions, each student expressed his feelings through videographic language.
François Yazbeck is interested in the issues of confinement and oppression exerted by the social and religious pressure on individual behaviors and their impact on the body.
Sirine Fattouh, teacher, alternative video course, Bachelor 3, Institute of Scenic, Audiovisual and Cinematographic studies, Beirut, Lebanon.
In Utero / François Yazbeck / 2016 / 12’08
A discreetly navel-like introspection, welcome to me.
Technic : Video, surimpression, sound design, composed music.