Mes amis les poissons
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"I capture little chosen moments. I snatch them from the subject and the subject is me. I speak in an off-hand manner. I catch floating moments on a nice body of water. My work has something specific about it : it suits me. I can sing, waddle about, and say things. A woman sitting any place is already something. It's usually elegant if you don't mind crossing your legs. Mine are crossed."

1998
Canada
11:16
Original language
French

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Credits

Direction
Sylvie Laliberté
Camera
Sylvie Laliberté
Text
Sylvie Laliberté
Editing
Daniel Bisson
Bruno Ouellet
Sound
Diane Leboeuf
Sono Design
Music
Gregory Natale
Production
Sylvie Laliberté

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4:3

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"At the other extreme, viewers settled down comfortably to watch Sylvie Laliberte’s Mes amis les poissons (1998). I felt impatient watching her happily paddling in water - thinking about all the ways in which ‘real time’ videos waste mine - until a friend explained that the script, which was in French, was not only hilarious but crucial to an understanding of the piece. My respect increased : in a perverse way, potential inaccessibility and an insistence on difference seem to me to be what Biennales ought to be about."

PALMER, Laurie. "Montreal Biennale", frieze, no 44, January-February 1999, [http://www.frieze.com/issue/review/montreal_biennale/]

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Keywords
Play on words, Slippage of meaning, Swimming pool, Subjectivity, Summer, Underwater camera