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Mélodie wants to emancipate herself from her biological determinisms. She kidnaps her own organs and embarks on an epic journey through the world to re-assemble her fragmented identity.

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Successfully concluded on 12/6/2014

«Naked» is an artistic documentary directed and performed by Mélodie Mousset.

«L’homme est malade parce qu’il est mal construit. Il faut se décider à le mettre à nu pour lui gratter cet animal qui le démange mortellement, dieu, et avec dieu ses organes. Car liez-moi si vous le voulez, mais il n’y a rien de plus inutile qu’un organe. Lorsque vous lui aurez fait un corps sans organes, alors vous l’aurez délivré de tous ses automatismes et rendu à sa véritable liberté. alors vous lui réapprendrez à danser à l’envers comme dans le délire des bals musette et cet envers sera son véritable endroit.»

Antonin Artaud, intervention radio du 28 novembre 1947

The synopsis

Driven by her idealism and will for freedom, Mélodie sets out on a quest to emancipate herself from the functional organization of her body. Using new technology, she pulls her organs from her physical self and transports them on an adventure across the world, through social and political bodies, metaphysical rituals, and improbable meetings. In spite of themselves, the characters Mélodie encounters become guides in an initiatory voyage of self-discovery. From the corridor of molecular medicine in Switzerland to the remote spiritual spaces of Oaxaca, Mexico, Mélodie leads us on a journey that fuses rituals of science, mysticism, and psychology to unearth the freedom inherent in the process of discovery, and the complex role of the body in contemporary society.

«Man is sick because he is badly constructed. We must make up our minds to strip him bare in order to scrape off that animalcule that itches him mortally, god, and with god, his organs. For you can tie me up if you wish, but there is nothing more useless than an organ. When you will have made him a body without organs, then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions and restored him to his true freedom. Then you will teach him again to dance wrong side out as in the frenzy of dance halls and this wrong side out will be his real place.»

Antonin Artaud, radio intervention from november 28, 1947

NUE (naked) is an investigation into the relationship of power, technology, and the role of the body in political and scientific conflict and progress.

The origin of this project

A l’origine de cette histoire sont les mêmes questions qui habitent mon oeuvre plastique depuis toujours : le corps, ce lieu d’interaction où se jouent les différentes négociations entre moi et le monde. Cette aventure-ci prend la forme d’un film, commencé en septembre 2012.

Mêlant le fictionnel au factuel et au scientifique, ce film est une quête pour une nouvelle sorte de vision, pour une autre manière d’habiter nos corps et les espaces qui nous entourent, technologiques, politiques, naturels, spirituels… C’est aussi le récit d’une jeune femme qui cherche à donner corps aux délires schizophrénique de sa mère, et d’y trouver ce que promet une dissociation radicale avec nos rôles sociaux et nos modes de percevoir établis. On trouvera donc ici des anges, des fous, des mediums, des guérisseurs, des docteurs, ou encore des grottes, témoin de la liberté perdue d’un passé pré-colonial. Mais il est dangereux de vouloir voir la réalité sans voiles, et comme la crise schizo, la violence est proche, et avec elle la peur et les trahisons. A travers ce voyage surréaliste et idiosyncratique, le corps révèle non seulement sa cohérence et son intensité propres, mais de visions plus larges d’histoire et d’oppression.

Why do I need your support?

18’000 euros represents the bare minimum to complete the project, shoot the last images and give decent salaries to my incredible collaborators and to pay for the post-production expenses:

  • Editing
  • Color correction
  • Sound design (Marcin Demorsier)
  • Original score (Laurent Bruttin)
  • English subtitles (Noura Wedell)

How WEMAKEIT works?

If you make a pledge, we get closer to reach the goal. If I make the goal within the time limit set, I get the money. If I don’t make the goal in the time limit, I don’t get anything, and you don’t get charged anything, either.

Thank you

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