Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project

What happens when a visionary French artist meets the creative spirit of a former Tobacco Road town in the midst of downtown revitalization? A singular grassroots arts project emerges that confounds expectations and takes the city of Durham, North Carolina by storm as buildings from a past incarnation of the city are transformed into temporary canvases for dramatic public art.

Bending Space: Georges Rousse and the Durham Project captures the genius of French photographer and installation artist Georges Rousse and follows the artist and two hundred volunteers during a September 2006 public art residency in Durham. The film includes interviews with Rousse, project coordinators and volunteers, and people on the street as they visit the installations.

Bending Space: Georges Rousse and The Durham Project reveals the complex process of creating Rousse’s signature illusions of color and shape that ultimately become the stunning large format color photographs exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. The film bears witness to the energy that is unleashed when a remarkable photographer and an art-loving community join forces.

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The film is also available on Kanopy, an on-demand streaming service for educational institutions across the US and around the world. Students and faculty can preview and view the film here.


Directed by Kenny Dalsheimer and Penelope Maunsell
Camera/Producer – Kenny Dalsheimer
Editor/Producer – Penelope Maunsell
Executive Producer – Frank Konhaus
Sound – Juliet Jensen
Technical Consultant – Walt Rassel
Gaffer – Keith Nye
DP Motion Shots – Alton Chewning
Steadicam – Mark Copeland
Grips – York Phelps and David Hardy
Online Editor – Walt Rassel
Original Music – Aaron Keane
Executive Producer of Music – Eric Johnson


southerndocfund_logo_bwBending Space was a fiscally sponsored project of the Southern Documentary Fund.