Bright Hours

Preview of Gerard & Kelly’s film, followed by a discussion with Bernard Blistène and Gerard & Kelly, moderated by Aurélien Vernant (Architecture de Collection)

At the Petit Plateau, Friday, August 26, 2022, from 4:30 pm

Free access


Presentation and avant-première at 4.30 pm

Discussion led by Aurélien Vernant with Bernard Blistène and Gerard & Kelly from 5.10pm to 6pm

Bright Hours film sessions at 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm


The affair between architect Le Corbusier and American dancer Josephine Baker on a 1929 cruise inspires Gerard & Kelly’s new film. The artists infuse the modernist perfection of the Cité Radieuse with joyful sensuality and subversive force, reimagining Le Corbusier’s modernist masterpiece as a boat floating on the horizon – suspending, during this journey, norms and boundaries. Bright Hours features performances by Jeanne Balibar, Emara Neymour-Jackson, and Geramin Louvet, with an original score by Moses Sumney. Powered by Dropbox.


This public projection and talk is an opportunity to present the genesis of the project, to highlight the way it intervenes in the research of the artists, engaged in a critical rereading of the architectural and aesthetic icons of Modernity. It is also an opportunity to evoke the “avant-garde laboratory” that the Unité d’habitation in Marseille, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, has been since its creation in 1952.


American artists based in Paris, Gerard & Kelly have developed an artistic identity at the border of dance and contemporary art. Their multidisciplinary practice, between installation and performance, integrates video, writing, drawing and sculpture. Gerard & Kelly’s work has been presented internationally in art and architecture biennials, festivals and museums. Their work is included in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the FRAC Franche-Comté in Besançon, and the Carré d’art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes. Gerard & Kelly are currently working on two exhibitions that will be presented at Carré d’art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes and at the Marian Goodman Gallery (New York) in the fall of 2022. As part of New Worlds, they are also preparing their next film project to be shot at Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027.




Bright Hours
4K video, color, sound, 25′.

Script, choreography and direction, Gerard & Kelly
Script collaboration, Loïc Barrère
Music, Moses Sumney
Image, Clément de Hollogne
Editing, Grégoire Brice
Costumes, Glen Mban
With Jeanne Balibar, Germain Louvet, Emara Neymour-Jackson, David Paycha

Coproduction, & Compagnie et Caviar
With the participation of HVH FIlms
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With the support of the Ministère de la Culture – Direction générale de la création artistique, the Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its New Settings program, the CCN – Ballet National de Marseille, and Harbor Picture Company.

Gerard & Kelly, Bright Hours, 2022, Emera Neymour- Jackson, 2021. © Gerard & Kelly. Photography by Angelina Stoesz