We are with our bodies, that can not not be
that can not not be IMAGES.
Images, even when lovable, are hopeless, we must accept it.
Only then, can we enter the relationship
and it even becomes desirable. et si là, en dessous...
(what if there, underneath...) takes place inside a dark room, approximately 3x3m wide. The image is projected on the floor from above. The floor is black, as if the screen was immaterial. The projected image is real time video compositing of recorded videos and of the current image of the spectator, taken from above. Everything happens as if the scene was taking place downstairs and we could watch it through an opening in the floor. The spectator is invited to enter a circle close to this hole, and when he does, a new sequence begins. If he gets out of the circle, it finishes.
In the recorded videos, the images of bodies are multiple, nude and clothed, male and female, each attribute being drawn at random. However, there is only a single character drawn among the eleven participants. Thus, in a given sequence, twice the same body, nude and clothed, interacts dowstairs with the image of the viewer: there is no sacred body. The random draw leads to a great combination of situations (currently over 40). One can not actually go back and relive what he experienced the first time. What happens will be similar, but in relation with an unknown figure.
Finally, there is no computer driven interaction, that can be actually verified in the image. Action, if there is, is exerted by the filmed character directly on the image of the spectator. This can be viewed as a critique of the contemporary status of images, and more generally of their technical efficiency, but with some concern not to exclude the possibility of pleasure for the viewer.
site : etsila.listefrouge.net/index_en.html [http://etsila.listefrouge.net/index_en.html]
• excerpt 1 [http://vimeo.com/20643682]
• excerpt 2 [http://vimeo.com/20644058]
• excerpt 3 [http://vimeo.com/20643873]
• excerpt 4 [http://vimeo.com/20644506]
• video capture 1 [http://vimeo.com/18236179]
• video capture 2 [http://vimeo.com/18251322]