Interview with Jean-Michel Rolland
Who is Jean-michel Rolland?Iím a video artist with a musician and a painter background. I focus on the "audiovisual" aspect of Video art [db], making experimental pieces where sound and image canít be understood the one without the other.
What is Techno tools about?"Techno Tools" was born one day I was tinkering in my workshop. I found the sounds I made with my tools were interesting and I decided to build a video.
How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?As most of the time with my videos, I recorded a few visual samples, taking the sound produced with a profesionnal material.
Then I spent many hours dealing with these sounds and images, building the video in order to create a coherent work.
Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts you use and what is important to you?I often try to focus on symbolism rather than meaning.
How long do you usually work on one project?A few weeks generally.
Do you carefully plan the production process or do you work more intuitive?It depends. For this video, I planned a lot. When I shot, I had already in mind what I was going to do. But it isnít always the case...
How does the title relate to the work, and how do you find a fitting title?Finding a title is certainly the most difficult part of the process.... I always wait a few days after the video is finished before deciding!
How do you finance your projects (by yourself, sponsors or subsidy)?All my works are self financed.
How important is sound in film, and if you use sounds, do you create your own or use existing?Do I have to answer this question? LOL
How would you describe contemporary videoart?I think Video art [db] is proteiform and has still a long way to go. Experimentation is unlimited, the only limitation resides in our minds : free our minds and weíll produce free experimentations.
What possibilities of the web are yet to be explored?Itís a problematic question. For myself, I decided to deal all my videos freely on the web because I think dematerialized art has to be free. I indeed work for the public and not to earn money, even if Iíd like the cash to arrive one day!
Where would you place your work; cinema or art. And what is the difference between those according to you?My videos being non narrative and purely experimental, I think I deal with art, and Iím sure I donít produce cinema pieces.
How important is the reaction to your film by the audience?Well, I think I only produce videos for the audience, so their reactions are very important to me!
What is your next project about?Let me think about it...
Jean-Michel Rolland - 2011