AB/CD/CD: On Hold

The Parisian Video Collective's New Short Visualizes Factory Floor's Hypnotic Synth Loops

An endless staircase, smashing plates and slapped faces coalesce into an exploration of repetition and narrative in French filmmakers AB/CD/CD's On Hold. Inspired by Michael Haneke's 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance—in which the main character plays ping-pong against a machine that is throwing balls to him in a never ending loop—AB/CD/CD's Arnaud Boutin, Clement Dozier and Camille Dauteuille devised a series of repetitious sequences and scenarios to shoot over a couple of weekends. Set to English experimental electronic act Factory Floor's "Real Love", the resultant scenes play off the track's polyrhythms to generate a hypnotic tension. "When you listen carefully to Factory Floor, you can detect that it's live, it's not only a cold sequencer playing, it's organic," explains Clement. "They are actually playing that track as the actors are re-doing their movements." The band were taken with the way On Hold's collage of unrelated loops played with narrative, explains Factory Floor guitarist and vocalist Nik Void: "It's not far from how our music works, it gives space in the viewer's own mind to imagine and conclude what the context is about." Having made videos for the likes of Lily Allen, Uffie and Josephine de la Baume's Singtank, AB/CD/CD are currently wrapping up films for New York concept-store-turned-brand Opening Ceremony.

Produced by Partizan.

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  • SofiaSofiaSofia
    Are these the same directors as El Guincho's "Bombay"? I don't think they are. If not, this is a BIG style ripoff and not as good.
    • Posted By SofiaSofiaSofia
    • March 05, 2012 at 2:35PM
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