The Probe

Light projector, camera, screen, amplifier and speaker, computer, program, cables
L’Art dans les chapelles festival, Pontivy (FR), Notre-Dame-du-Moustoir, Malguénac, 18 July – 22 September 2020
Please note that the video shows the French version in a church, but the behavior and the text are aimed to be rewritten each time in situ.

Video capture (French version of the installation, with English subtitles) :

A projector turns on itself, slowly, exploring the space around it. It projects an intense rectangle of white light that it moves over all walls and objects. It also carries a camera, which films exactly what it illuminates. His image is shown on a large screen, placed nearby against a wall, like a painting: we see what he sees.

This apparatus speaks, in a synthesized voice, as if it was thinking aloud and trying to describe what surrounds it. It searches, stops at details, tries to understand space and objects, wonders about this place and its meaning but also about his own status and perception. Sometimes it seems to react to the presence of humans.

The Probe thus installs in a space the fiction of a non-human and living entity that inhabits it, like an artificial and panoptic force. The apparatus can also evoke the religious expectation that we have of technology, especially artificial intelligence, whose recurring motif is the surpassing of human capacities.

The language of the work calls up several registers, from surveillance devices to images of miraculous apparitions in classical painting, where the irruption of a ray of light often represents the emergence of the divine or a revelation. Here, the direction of the light is reversed: instead of coming from the outside, it emerges from the inside, as if the space had been turned upside down to become the theatre of an apparition and a questioning of the visible.

Coproduction by L’Art dans les chapelles
Engineering and programming Etienne Landon – thanks to Ben Kuperberg

The Promise

installation, 2016

Series of prints (2016)
Installation version: print on canvas, modulated lights, 1500 x 370 x 250 cm

By displaying typical messages of advertising and the web in a static form, The Promise highlights expectations of control on the self and the world, and the suspension of the attention that results. Here, the installation displays three giant texts in three windows, lit by pulsations, their large scale addressing pedestrians and traffic.

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Installation created within the group show Data on View

Augmented window 05, Montpellier

curating, in situ installation, edition, 2015

Group show, in situ installation, edition
Curating Thierry Fournier
La Panacée (Montpellier, FR), March 9-30, 2015
Montpellier Opera (ipad version), April 5 – December 30, 2015
iPad edition available on App Store.

Works by Luce Moreau, Marine Pagès, Antoine Schmitt and Thierry Fournier.

The Augmented window project proposes an interactive window on a landscape as a collective exhibition protocol. A specific vantage point on a landscape is filmed continuously by a camera. Several artists and authors are invited to create works that take this landscape as their point of departure: videos, interactive works, drawings, recordings, interviews… These contributions are laid over the camera footage, and transmitted live on a large tactile screen, which is set up vertically. To discover the works, viewers browse this “window” into the image’s spatial depth. The Augmented window project offers a collective interpretation of a landscape, by bringing together approaches that are usually dissociated (art, humanities, documentary).

This fifth and final Augmented Window group show is based on the landscape of the Place de la Comedie in Montpellier (FR). The three artists – Luce Moreau, Marine Pagès and Antoine Schmitt – were already invited within the fourth exhibition in Collioure in 2014. Luce Moreau questions primarily the representation of landscape and the vision instruments through a practice that combines photography, video and site-specific installations. By drawing and site-specific installations, Marine Pagès addresses the human use of space and time. Developing a digital-only practice by programmed works, Antoine Schmitt creates figures of behavior and movements that question the relationship between living and machine.

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Works

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Luce Moreau, L’Horizon des évènements 2 : Gauche-droite, 2014

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Thierry Fournier, Plus un geste, 2011-2014

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Marine Pagès, Come di, 2014

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Antoine Schmitt, City of gold, 2014

Credits

Conception and curating Thierry Fournier / IOS programing Olivier Guillerminet / IOS video player Olivier Guillerminet and Jonathan Tanant / technical consultant and Max-MSP programing Mathieu Chamagne / Mac Os and Max-MSP programing Guillaume Evrard / streaming Thomas Lucas / engineering Jean-Baptiste Droulers / set Grégory Jacquin / translations Clémence Homer and Anna Lopez Luna / production, distribution and communication Bipolar – illusion et macadam, Mathieu Argaud and Marielle Rossignol.

Produced by illusion & macadam / Bipolar and granted by European Union, with support by Région Languedoc-Roussillon, Ville de Montpellier, Conseil Général des Pyrénées Orientales, La Panacée, Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon and ZINC, Marseille.

Augmented window 04, Collioure

Group show, in situ installation, edition, 2014

Group show, in situ installation, edition
Curating Thierry Fournier
Royal Castle of Collioure (Eastern Pyrenees, FR), July 24 to October 15, 2014.
iPad edition available on App Store.

Works by Luce Moreau , Marine Pagès Antoine Schmitt and Thierry Fournier.

The Augmented window project proposes an interactive window on a landscape as a collective exhibition protocol. A specific vantage point on a landscape is filmed continuously by a camera. Several artists and authors are invited to create works that take this landscape as their point of departure: videos, interactive works, drawings, recordings, interviews… These contributions are laid over the camera footage, and transmitted live on a large tactile screen, which is set up vertically. To discover the works, viewers browse this “window” into the image’s spatial depth. The Augmented window project offers a collective interpretation of a landscape, by bringing together approaches that are usually dissociated (art, humanities, documentary).

The fourth Augmented window group show is set in front of a very radical landscape, presenting nevertheless endless variations of movement, color, depth and activity. The four artists explore and question the paradox of this view and its implications for the viewer. The project is deployed both as site installation and on tablets.

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Works

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Luce Moreau, L’Horizon des évènements, Ciel / mer

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Marine Pagès, Les Corps flottants

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Antoine Schmitt, No Disc

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Thierry Fournier, En vigie

Credits

IOS iPad Programming: Olivier Guillerminet IOS video player: Olivier Guillerminet Jonathan Tanant, technical consulting and programming Max-MSP Mathieu Chamagne, Mac OS Programming: Guillaume Evrard, Android programming: Henry Bernard, Jonathan Tanant, streaming: Thomas Lucas, engineering Jean-Baptiste Droulers, technique: Grégory Jacquin, translations: Clémence Homer and Anna Lopez Luna. Administration, production, distribution, communication: Illusion & Macadam – Bipolar (Mathieu Argaud Gregory Diguet Lise Mullot Marielle Rossignol)

The Augmented window project is produced by illusion & macadam / Bipolar co-funded by the European Union. Europe is moving in Languedoc-Roussillon with the European Regional Development Fund. The project has won the Digital Cultures and ICT of the Languedoc-Roussillon call and received the support of the City of Montpellier and the General Council of Pyrénées Orientales. Coproduction and welcome by the Panacea, Centre for Contemporary Creation of the City of Montpellier, Le Royal Castle of Collioure – General Council of Pyrénées-Orientales. With the support of Zinc and La Belle de Mai, Marseille.

Augmented window 03, Marseille

curating, in situ installation, edition, 2013

Group show, in situ installation, edition
Curating Thierry Fournier
Panorama, Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, May 11 – Dec 30, 2013
iPad edition available on App Store

Works by Benjamin Laurent Aman, Marie-Julie Bourgeois, Grégory Chatonsky and a collective formed by Christine Breton, Jean Cristofol, Thierry Fournier and Jean-François Robardet.

The Augmented window project proposes an interactive window on a landscape as a collective exhibition protocol. A specific vantage point on a landscape is filmed continuously by a camera. Several artists and authors are invited to create works that take this landscape as their point of departure: videos, interactive works, drawings, recordings, interviews… These contributions are laid over the camera footage, and transmitted live on a large tactile screen, which is set up vertically. To discover the works, viewers browse this “window” into the image’s spatial depth. The Augmented window project offers a collective interpretation of a landscape, by bringing together approaches that are usually dissociated (art, humanities, documentary).

The third Augmented window exhibition frames the landscape of Marseille’s northern neighborhoods, the camera being aimed at the Silo d’Arenc. Its point of view is turned away from the downtown area’s large urban projects, and towards a landscape that is free of any monuments and is undergoing a complete transformation, on the sidelines of the [Capital of Culture] program’s official events – as an example, since the exhibit’s opening in May 2013, a skyscraper was built in the middle of the image… The installation is exhibited at the Friche la Belle de Mai / Panorama.