Grand Detour is super-stoked to present a program of Vincent Moon’s music shorts. Moon is one of the most exciting artists working today, reinventing the genre of music videos through his intimate and profound take away shows. Admission will be on a sliding scale from $3-6, which will be split with the presenting artist and help pay Grand Detour’s rent and production costs.
His real name is Mathieu Saura. But it’s under the name of Vincent Moon that music fans from all over the world – or at least those with an internet connection – know the 30-year-old comet of a filmmaker, who has reinvented the music video as a documentary. After having studied under the photographers Michael Ackerman and Antoine D’Agata, the young music nerd started getting increasingly interested in moving images. The combination of music and film could easily have ended in MTV-land. But according to Moon, the usual music video has long been stuck in a closed marketing circuit.
Since 2006, with his ‘Take Away Shows‘, he has offered a non-commercial alternative: small, short films that capture the musicians out in the alleys, hallways and elevators of reality, without amplifiers or special effects. The Take Away Shows paved the way for larger film projects, and Saura’s far-reaching resumé now also includes concert films and documentaries – all of them equipped with the special shadow/light aesthetic that can give his images an almost abstract quality.
Moon’s greatest strength, however, is his ability to capture the music without superfluous embellishments. He is a musical adventurer, constantly seeking for new musical treasure chests. But he not only discovers: he also participates, with his camera as both an instrument and as an initiator of events.
August 27 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm