Work in progress presentation "UNREST" by Philippe Grandrieux

Work in progress presentation "UNREST" by Philippe Grandrieux

Residency at the studio Cunnigham and the studio Bagouet from September the 17th to September the 28th, 2016

Fenêtre sur résidence – work-in-progress on September the 28th, 2016 at Studio Bagouet




A Phillippe Grandrieux performance and film

Piece available for diffusion / around 60’ in length


After White Epilepsy and Meurtrière, Unrest is the third opus of a trilogy that brings us closer to a body that seems like it has been brought back from olden times. An archaic body we don’t know but that nonetheless projects its shadow, its inquiétude, within us. This trilogy’s topic is the simple form of life.[1]

Each opus is made up of a performance and a movie.

UNREST / the performance

Performed by Nathalie Remadi


2017/ 47’

Performance produced by Epilepitic.

With the support of ICI-CCN Montpellier/Occitanie Pyrénées-Méditerranée – direction Christian Rizzo,

as part of Life Long Burning supported by the European Commission



-a prefiguration of the performance was presented in May 2018 at the Film Study Center at the University of Chicago

With the support of « The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study » at Harvard University.

Performed by Callahan MacGovern


-performance presented as the outcome of the October 2016 residency at ICI-CCN Montpellier/Occitanie Pyrénées-Méditerranée.

Performed by Nathalie Remadi


UNREST / the film


With Nathalie Remadi and Lilas Nagoya


2017/47’/ PG-16

Film co-produced by Epileptic and ICI-CCN Montpellier/Occitanie Pyrénées-Méditerranée – direction Christian Rizzo,

as part of Life Long Burning supported by the European Commission .

With the support of Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée.

In partnership with and with the support of the CNC’s support to production before making.



Presented for the first time at FID Marseille in 2017 (international competition)

2017 : Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

FNC Montreal

2018 : 18th Jeonju International Film Festival

UNREST / technical information


The performance and the film screening take place simultaneously.


Minimum floor dimensions 10 x 10m with a black dance mat

Minimum height 8m

Projection screen to the size of the film (1,77) hung at the center of the stage

4 speakers at each corners of the stage

Another version of this piece can be presented as the simultaneous screening of the three films : White Epilepsy, Meurtrière and Unrest.


« You can only film the forces that act on and through bodies. Thus, each opus of the trilogy has developped a unique force through which the bodies have been shaped and imposed upon a way of being :   the force of mating in White Epilepsy, the force of beat in Meurtrière. The force acting in Unrest, the force we need to face to get access to this archaic and molecular body, I would name the force of annihilation. It’s the force we can experience in the moments we loose ourselves the most, like pleasure, so well called « petite mort » (small death).

Philippe Gandrieux

[1] The Greeks meant the simple form of life (zôè) as the only act of living, common to every living being (animals, human beings or gods). This life is distinct from the considered life (bios) which indicates the form or the way of living that’s proper to an individual or a group.

Work in progress presentation

28.10.16 - 28.10.16

Studio Bagouet, ICI-CCN Montpellier

supported/organized by CCN Montpellier