Long Live the New Flesh deploys a technique in which the images literally consume one other and the horror in all its visual power is brought to a natural boiling point. All the ingredients that have secured Provost’s experimental art films their international success are once again present here. Provost strips down the imagery of a mass medium, uses it to construct a new visual story beyond the dissection and horror, and allows the viewer to cross every phase of the emotional spectrum. Provost’s work uses the language of film to manoeuvre and influence the interpretation of images and stories. He manipulates time, codes and form, twisting and shaping new narratives and experimental sensations that tightly bind visual art and cinematography. He taps into our collective filmic memory and reconstructs it to stunning effect. Using different digital techniques, Provost 'scratches' the images so that pixels, their very own structure, become very dominant in the image. Exactly from exposing the grain of the medium itself, 'Long Live the New Flesh' derives its pictorial, painterly quality.
Duality is intrinsic in much of Provosts work, both literally with optical mirroring and conceptually when he toys with the blurred boundaries between fiction and reality, the sublime and the ugly, the utopian and the concrete, the marvellous and the terrible, and finally, between truth and invention. Provost is part scientist and part magician, generating a grotesque visual poetry of hypnotic beauty and macabre consequences.
Nicolas Provost`s (1969) work is a reflection on the grammar of cinema and the relation between visual art and the cinematic experience, analysing and questioning the phenomenon of cinema, its various elements, its influence and conventional rules. His work intends to walk on the fine line between dualities and balance between the grotesque and the moving, beauty and cruelty, the emotional and the intellectual. Time and again his phantasmagorias provoke both recognition and alienation and succeed in catching our expectations into an unravelling game of mystery and abstraction. With manipulations of time, codes and form, cinematographic and narrative language is analysed, accents are shifted and new stories are told. In his found footage work, filmic memory and perception are stimulated by the use of film historical fragments. Apart from the use of film and visual language, sound is also a constant factor in Provost's body of work, as a rhythmical spine or an emotional guideline.
Screening / Award history:
For ‘Storyteller’ (2010) : Special Mention, 2010 Expression en Corto, México (MX)
For ‘Long live the New Flesh’ (2009) : Best Experimental Short Film, 2010 Melbourne Film Festival (AS)
For 'Induction' (2006): Third Prize, COURTisane festival for short film, video and new media, Ghent (BE)
For 'Exoticore' (2004) : Audience Award, International Bunker Film Festival, Ventimiglia (IT) - Audience Award, Silhouette Film Festival, Paris (FR) - Honourable Mention, The Norwegian Shortfilm Festival, Grimstad (NO) - Jameson European Award and Urban Culture Award, Brussels International Short Film Festival, Brussels (BE) - Grand Prize, De Korste Nachten Shortfilm Festival, Antwerp (BE) - Grand Prize, Asian International Shortfilm Festival, Seoul (ROK) - Best European Film Award, Festival du Film de Vendôme (FR) - Special Jury Award, Uppsala Short Film Festival (SE) - Special Mention, Vila Do Conde International Short Film Festival (PT)
For 'Oh Dear...' (2004) : Grand Prize (Experimental), Vila Do Conde International Short Film Festival (PT) - Grand Prize, ZOOM’In Short Film Festival, Oslo (NO)
For 'Bataille' (2003) : Honourable Mention, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand (FR) - Founding Director Award, Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, Austin (US)
For 'Papillon d’amour' (2004) : Honourable Mention, 2004 Sundance Film Festival (US) - Best Film Award, V-Art Festival 2005, Sardinia (IT) - Grand Prize for the Best Experimental Film, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio (US) - Golden Gate Award for the Best New Visions Work, 47th San Francisco International Film Festival, San Francisco (US) - Best Experimental Film Award, Nashville Film Festival, Nasville (US) - Gus Van Sant Best Experimental Film Award, 42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan (US) - Stimulate My Brain Award; Minnesota Bearded Child Film Festival, Grand Rapids (US) - Founding Director Award, Cinematexas International Short Film Festival, Austin (US) - Honourable Mention, Lausanne Underground & Music Festival, Lausanne (CH) - Honourable Mention, The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad (NO) For Plot Point (2008): Golden Lamp Tree Award,International Film Festival of India (IN). EMAF-Award, Osnabrück (DE).Special Jury Prize, International Shortfilm Festival Clermont-Ferrand (FR). Best European Film Award, Festival Du Film De Vendôme (FR) (2007) Prix UIP Vila Do Conde (PT). For Gravity (2008):22. Stuttgarter Filmwinter (DE). (2007)Onda Curta Portugese Television Prize Vila Do Conde Shortfilm Festival (PT).