Benoit Labaye

Are you into animation? If yes, then you are up for a treat. I don’t know where to start or how to explain it but this piece animation is just simply brilliant; not to mention the intensity that went behind the animation work, the use music, and how each movement expresses its own way to tell the story. All I have to say is just watch it in order to believe what this is about because it’s that that amazing. Mathieu Labaye has done an excellent job in creating a tribute to his father if only I wish I could have such animation skills and knowledge like him. I have included the original English translation in this post, so read over it before viewing the animation although please be very patient, it may have a slow start at the beginning. Merci! (via)



"Orgesticulanismus" 2008


Great tribute to his father Benoit Labaye, suffered from a multiple sclerosis at 29 years old. Benoit Labaye had been confined to a wheelchair since age 40 and died at 55 years old the 04.22.2006, as a result of a pneumonia.

"I think it's by the movement you appropriate your own life. By the freedom to come and go, to have gestures of love, tenderness, anger, whatever. When you are deprived of movements, as I am and as a lot of other people are, I think if you want to survive, you must reinvent the movement differently. And so what happens inside my head isn't purely brain, purely intellectual. It's a way of recreating an inner space which is also my freedom."



"When you live a severe handicap, when you live absolutely still, dependent, you live, in fact, something that can't be shared, that can't be easily expressed, which you can't easily talk about. Because when two people talk, to be able to understand each other, they need to have a minimum of common experience between them, to speak of something they both know from some form of experience."

"Sure, the stillness, the handicap, brings you to the conclusion and to the gradual acceptance that there's a certain number of things that you can't do. But conversely I think it opens a whole bunch of new possibilities, notably with inner freedom, inner space, but also with the way you can come in contact, in relation with others.
I think there is in the handicap, in the disease, a lot of potentiality. The human being is inexhaustible at the level of desire, of energy, of inner strength. Ans it's something you discover with maybe more urge, more intensity, when you're deprived of movement." (via)