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Etat d'âme, State of the Mind

HD Video - 2015 - 17:22 min Etat d'âme, State of the Mind is a film project directed by artist Rafaela Lopez. The film combines both fiction and documentary genres as well as employing the structure of reality TV shows. "Etats d'âme" is a french expression without an accurate english translation. The translation would be situated somewhere between the literal translations "state of mind" and "state of soul”. However, "state of the mind" is not a synonym or translation of "états d'ame". It is a subtitle that raises the game of relationships between the expression's nuances of meanings, between intuition and conception. Etat d'âme, State of the Mind, follows the lives of a group of sculptures, made by artists from the Royal College of Art. Although the artists feature in the film, it is the sculptures which are conducting a daily retrospective, metaphysical and reflective speech upon their own existence. Participant artists: Saelia Aparicio - Philippe Darendinger - Jamie Fitzpatrick - Laura O'Neill - Valentina Pini - Natalie Price Hafslund - Lucia Quevedo - Marco Strappato - Sam Tierney - Julia Varela Original music: Andrew Claristidge (Acid Washed) - Benjamin Blaquart - Crash Normal - Diederdas - Anne-Sophie Le Creurer - Sarah Maison - Mother - Rhodes Tennis Court - Maxime Peloni Jingle conception : Benjamin Magot Direction of photography : Margaux de Sermoise Graphic design : Virginie Diner  Visuel effects : Jonas Stuckenbrock Rafaela Lopez studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (ENSAD), Villa Arson (Nice) and the Royal College of Art (London), where she graduated in July 2015. She has a sculptural as well as a collaborative practice through projects which employ pop culture, and organizes collaborations from different fields such as art, music or synchronized swimming. Her projects create communities and experiments from the perspective of the individual participating in a group, of the artist and his work integrating a group exhibition - using sculpture as a veritable protagonist. Her work has been shown in such venues as Studio Voltaire (London), Camden Art Centre (London), Flat Time House (London), Paul Smith (London), Centre National d'Art Contemporain de la Villa Arson (Nice), Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (Paris) …