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

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

Axolotl

Thierry Fournier and Laura Gozlan
CAPA – Centre d’Arts Plastiques d’Aubervilliers

From May 5 to 28, 2018
3, allée Gustave Courbet 93300 Aubervilliers
www.capa-aubervilliers.org

The CAPA – Centre d’Arts Plastiques d’Aubervilliers invites Thierry Fournier and Laura Gozlan for Axolotl, duo exhibition in a Maladrerie flat in Aubervilliers, after a residency in April 2018.

The project Axolotl takes as its starting point a convergence between the approaches of the two artists: a principle of transformation of the living and experimentation of its limits.

Through a practice of objects, installations, prints, network pieces and videos, Thierry Fournier’s approach forms the hypothesis of a life of things themselves, to question the way in which they elicit a reconfiguration of identity and otherness. Laura Gozlan’s practice revolves around experimental films, sculptures, videos and visual installations. She is particularly interested in scientific utopias and their communities, exploring the links between counter-culture and posthumanism, new-age, cybernetics, and their dystopies.

The two artists know each other well. They first collaborated in 2013, when Thierry Fournier invited Laura Gozlan to Ce qui manque, a research residence and exhibition he curated at La Panacée (Montpellier): Laura Gozlan created the installation Remote Viewing there. This experience then initiated a constant dialogue on their work, fed by many areas of common interest.

Axolotl will bring together both existing pieces and creations developed by the artists during a residency in the apartment hosting the exhibition. This will thus be generated by the relations and crossings between their two practices, animated by the desire to experiment a common working time.

The exhibition takes place in an apartment in the Maladrerie district of Aubervilliers, where the CAPA has been established for many years, conducting an activity as an art centre while deploying activities for amateurs and local structures. His search for space for his exhibitions led him to propose a partnership to the Aubervilliers DPO which provides him with social housing between two rentals, transformed into ephemeral exhibition spaces.

Thierry Fournier & Laura Gozlan - Axolotl

Thierry Fournier & Laura Gozlan - Axolotl

Thierry Fournier & Laura Gozlan - Axolotl

Thierry Fournier & Laura Gozlan - Axolotl

Thierry Fournier & Laura Gozlan - Axolotl

Thierry Fournier & Laura Gozlan - Axolotl

Thierry Fournier & Laura Gozlan - Axolotl

Thierry Fournier & Laura Gozlan - Axolotl

Photographs © Thierry Fournier and Laura Gozlan 2018