The fight beetween shapes and colours. Transformations of shadow and light.
A celebration of digital video's noise.
(To be watched in HD)
Panoramic view of Vincennes's roofs from East to West. Piece composed by 7 adjacent screens which reconstitute, from a subjective angle, the horizon line and the melting colors of the suset.
Visual exploration of the Historical Axis in Paris, which links the Louvre Museum to the Grande Arche of La Defense. The shots, taken at different steps of this line are characterised by a very flattened perspective. The flattening of the perspective affirms the flatness of the video image. The editing reminds a walk along the axis, but, more abstractly, the continuous zooming of the eye.
The prolonged and repeated observation of a landscape is an experience that risks extinction under the weight of modern life’s frenzy, till being reduced to a touristy cliché. Hence, this iconic urban landscape becomes the scenario for stereotyped gestures and simple fragments of lives. Time and space are melted together. The act of watching is presented in its nudity.
The sky at dusk is the field in which the narration occurs and the main character itself. The transformations to which it is subjected, at first sight arbitrary, by mean of the digital process, depend actually of the sky itself, its natural darkening and the clouds moving on it, recorded by the camera and translates in more or less approximated numerical values.
The way the pictures are organised together directly depends on the length and the “quality” of my experience in the park while taking each picture. Even a simple landscape as a park with few trees and a bench can reveal wonderful details, if one knows (or grasps) where to look at, when, for how long and how many times.
On the upper side, all these pictures follow one after the other (like in the stop-motion technique), whereas on the down side they slide horizontally, simulating in this way the real movement that generated the sequence. Many vertical elements (the stalks of Taki’s sculpture Le bassin) at different position and distance from the camera, make the sliding continuously interrupted, complicating the act of perception.