DON’T WORK (1968-2018) (NE TRAVAILLE PAS (1968-2018)

César Vayssié

France, 2018 / 88 min / Without dialogue / experimental documentary

Collaboration Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain
Director César Vayssié will be attending

An experimental portrait of a generation

A wordless film set against a hypnotic soundtrack by Avia x Orly, Don’t Work (1968 – 2018)  follows a year in the life of two art students studying in Paris, Elsa Michaud and Gabriel Gauthier. Grappling with love and searching for ways to make performance art matter politically in the face of an incessant cyclone of opinions and images, the two are representative of a generation overwhelmed by the constant onslaught of senseless images in daily life. Set against a frantic montage of news clips, advertising campaigns, internet snippets and jarring images, César Vayssié’s experimental film reflects on the changes that have taken place since May 1968 as well as the transformative act of becoming an artist.

Cast & Credits
Elsa Michaud, Gabriel Gauthier
César Vayssié
César Vayssié, Pierre Avia
Shellac Sud

César Vayssié has produced films and performances at the interface of visual art and dance since 1992. His experimental features and short films evade classification into any genre or media. After his graduation in visual arts, he joined the Villa Médicis at the Académie de France à Rome as a filmmaker and shot the experimental film Elvis de Médicis (2000). Vayssié has worked with artists, writers and performers throughout his career. In 2015, he developed the project The Sweetest Choice with François Chaignaud – a film/installation recording in Death Valley. Vayssié’s films have been shown at the Tate Modern in London, the Folkwang Museum in Essen, the MoMA in New York and at Centre Pompidou in Paris.

  • 2018 – Ne travaille pas (1968-2018)
  • 2016 – UFE (Unfilmévénement)
  • 2015 – The Sweetest Choice (short)
  • 2014 – Levée (short)
  • 2012 – Garden Party (short)
  • 2012 – The Lady Crying (short)
  • 2003 – Aujourd’hui Madame (Segment in the feature Zéro un)
  • 2000 – Les Disparates (short)
  • 2000 – Elvis de Médicis