Fractal Film

  • Fractal Film

    Delphine Doukhan and Antoine Schmitt

    Generative video
    Specific program, computer, video projector.
    Duration : infinite

    Infos :


    The generative video installation Fractal Film proceeds to an exhaustion of the view on a given scene : an autonomous programmed camera explores and shows us the same scene indefinitely and always differently. Projected in large format, the short cinematographic scene plays, over and over. Although in a loop, it is never seen with the same angle, the same camera position, movement and behavior.

    The scene, written and shot by Delphine Doukhan, is a short but complex drama with multiple plot levels, a wordless burlesque huis clos involving six characters during a troubled reception with a sense of tacit ritual. This very precisely choreographed scene was shot in very high definition (5K) at eight different angles. At exhibition time, a software-based camera, designed and written by Antoine Schmitt, navigates by zooming inside this source video material to explore and display of the scene in infinitely various ways. To do so, it follows written rules of movement, defined by the authors, and drawn from cinema language, from animal behavior, from mathematics and physics. Some of these rules explicitly leave freedom of movement to the camera, within certain limits. At each scene occurrence, the camera chooses one rule at random and follows it. The result is an infinitely variable way of looking at a given scene.

    Fractal Film articulates the concepts of generative art with the language of cinema. It is a collaboration between video artist Delphine Doukhan and generative artist Antoine Schmitt.


    Fractal Film is designed to be shown as a gallery installation in a dark room on a large projection HD screen with seats and quality sound, in a cinema-like atmosphere. The duration is infinite, the audience comes and leaves freely.


    Authors : Delphine Doukhan and Antoine Schmitt

    Dancers : Laurent Cebe, Thierry Champion, Cédric Cherdel, Chiara Gallerani, Vanessa Granjon, Carole Perdereau

    Director : Delphine Doukhan
    Programming : Antoine Schmitt

    Director of Photography : Bertrand Latouche
    Camera assistant : Adeline Moreau
    Sound engineer : Yannick Le Coz
    Key grip : Fabrice Pucel
    Location manager : Wilfrid Jaunâtre
    Stage lighting : Sarah Lebreton
    Key light : Mickaël Fauchoix

    Set design : Jérémie Joubert
    Costumes : Aurélie Dewitte
    Makeup/Hairdresser : Sylvie Aubry

    Camera RED : Sprayfilm

    Executive production : Stereolux and Les Films du Balibari
    Co-production : l’Ososphère, Arte Creative
    Funding : SCAM, DRAC Pays de la Loire, Région des Pays de la Loire, Galerie RDV, DICRéAM (CNC)

    Delphine Doukhan’s web site

    Making of Fractal Film

    Photos on Flickr