Shadows Cinema is part of the Expanded Cinema lineage, and aims to extend/displace the cinematic experience outside of theatres. Designed to be built in a desert, or in a place far from parasitic lights, the Shadows Cinema is an architecture made up of large blocks of concrete entangled, cast, and locked in cavities dug into the ground. Exhumed by crane, they are then assembled to form a monumental architecture-sculpture. This language of blocks, assembled according to principles related to assembly and plastic associations, shows an architecture liberated from drawing.
At nightfall, the building is surrounded by a dazzling and bright light. A semicircular peripheral rail guides large masts on which spotlights are mounted. A motorized system moves them randomly, or according to a predefined program. A 180° sweep allows for all possible exposure combinations. Thus, passively, architecture is used as the principal material of the cinematographic experience: its shadows extend on the ground to the cinema screen in its centre, their displacement and superimposition on the screen generates an abstract film.
To avoid any predetermined point of view on the film, the cinema has no seating space. The spectator moves freely, with the possibility of accidentally or unintentionally entering the phenomenology of the film. Though the screen delimits the film, it actually extends far beyond that, to the ground and to the architecture. The cinematographic experience thus no longer remains on the surface, but becomes three-dimensional.. Sand displaced by the wind, stars and animal sounds are all parameters that become filmic matter. Thus, all the phenomena are circulating with each other, and demonstrate why Shadows Cinema must be inscribed in a very specific site. The project functions like a "bachelor machine", requiring no pre-recorded film or material, playing its own film continuously, punctuated by the endless cycle of nights.