Androide Light Show
We started the ANDROID LIGHT SHOW in 1969 after a summer where we spent every weekend at the ROUNDHOUSE in LONDON.
Robert CHOURAQUI www.robertchouraqui.com
Some of us were involved in 1967 and 68 with the trotskist extreme-left (LIGUE COMMUNISTE) in the french MAI-68 in MARSEILLES and before the summer 68 we all decided to prepare agit-prop actions with slides-and-sound. So during end 1967 and 1968 we became the VISUAL support team for many meetings in MARSEILLES and also in PARIS specially for campaigns against the bombardment in VIETNAM and against the fascists extreme-right groups.
This activity gave us a taste for strong visuals (high contrast black and white photos) and through this activity we began to learn by ourselves photography, mainly with the purpose at this time to be able to reproduce some press drawings and press photos on slides.
We continued later this political activity in parallel of the LIGHTSHOW for pop groups and concerts and we used our technique for many big meetings.
We also developped many Moiré type effects and also negative-positive posterized effect (a positive slide and the a negative slide projected one above the other from two different projectors each with a color revolving wheel). I refined this technique by painting areas of the black and white slides.
We also developed what we called "PARROT's beaks" in order to flash rapidly from one slide to the other by hiding alternatively the light coming from one of the projectors (we use also to do this with our hands, the best was with four projectors projecting images on the same surface and two of us flashing two projectors each). We also like many transformed one slide projector (a 400Watt SAWYER) in a heat-producing machine for liquid slides by throwing off the anti-heating glass.(liquid slides were three layers of glass with two unmessing coloured liquids in each with VASELINE).
By 1969 we were mature and ready to begin big gigs.
A strange one was when we performed at the OPERA house in MARSEILLES projecting from the balcony on the iron safety curtain
I remember three main things;
1. First the club bar waiter provided us with gin to use it in the overhead as alcool from a pressing bottle and some of it went also to our mouth.
2. Second fact is the girls, it was such a good very hype club with all the international bimbos that we took a turn two of us doing the light with the two others with the girls on the dance floor.
3. We had a free villa all for ourselves at the beach and free meals and drinks at the CLUB and the related restaurant.
We continued performing until 1975 about, two of us stayed in the domain by becoming photographs for myself Robert CHOURAQUI in PARIS (my site www.robertchouraqui.com) and for Claude NOUGIER in MARSEILLES, the third one Constant KAIMAKIS went to organizing cultural events in MONTPELLIER and Charlie BAILLE the last one invested the food media by becoming a chef for different restaurants .
We were not influenced by any other artist because we were nearly the only one in the south of France, that is may be why we develop our own style based heavily on photoartwork, polaroid effects, sophisticated moirés and heating liquids rather than a lot of overhead liquids.
ANDROIDE LIGHTSHOW is one of the very few lightshows still in activity among the great european lightshows of the 70s.
The visuals are today mainly projected in digital, they beautifully recreate the best atmospheres of the 70s festivals but they extend it to the visual digital world by using the most up to date digital technics (After Effect / VJ / Mapping /MIDI, …).
ANDROIDE LIGHTSHOW performs for festivals (PARIS Psych festival, COPENHAGEN PSYCH FEST, LISBON PSYCH FEST, IAO festival,..) for clubs and Djs (106 ROUEN, MOULIN ROUGE Paris, LA MOUCHE Montreal, MELTDOWN London, CABARET LA FRICHE Marseille, Laurent GARNIER, JEFF MILLS, ...), for live performances or for video clips, but also due to its legacy since 1969 for museums and contemporary art centers such as CAPC BORDEAUX or BERKELEY BAMPFA ART MUSEUM or LE CORBUSIER-MARSEILLE.
In May 2017 Androide was the only European reprentative for a great lightshows festival organised by the Berkeley BAMPFA Museum.
The Museum organised a lightshow festival in celebration and in the spirit of tbe 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Donovan Drumond , Reed Banals, Dennis Keefe, Jim Baldocchi, Robert Chouraqui along with a crew of psychedelic masters reunited the Headlights spirit (Glen Mckay & Jerry Abrams) for a special 3 night run at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacifc Film Archive on May 18,19,20 2017!
That was one 3 nights performance to blow minds for sure showing visuals created by Headlights and not seen since The Toronto Pop Fest of 68 live mixed with handmade created material of many other pioneers still active!
Video extracts link https://youtu.be/qQYkD0KgnAg
Robert Chouraqui - July 2020