Ungrave

65 inch LCD screen, USB key, wood, program-generated video (1080p, 14h), 145 x 80 x 8 cm, 2020

Placed on the ground, a very large screen diffuses the image of a tombstone whose inscription is constantly being rewritten, as if it were still alive: its first name, dates and epitaph are modified, erased and then rewritten, often very quickly.

While the dead are those who, by definition, never respond anymore, Ungrave establishes the fiction of a zombie death, whose technology would have perverted the very principle and which would continue to bug ad vitam æternam, constantly questioning its existence and the best way to sum it up. The project evokes ironically the transhumanist ideology of an unlimited rewriting of life, where everything would still be possible, even after death. It is also a vision of hell, where traditionally the souls continue to wander and act, without never being able to get this over with or finding peace.

The name on the tombstone is alternatively John or Jane Doe. The date of death varies constantly, but the date of birth is always 2020, evoking a person who is somehow already promised to a “becoming-program”, in the Deleuzian sense of the term.

Produced with the support of Biennale Chroniques, 2020

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

Only Richard

Installation and film, 2018
Video (1:2.35 format, color, stereo sound, 1h40, loop), sound projection, dance floor, robotic arm, computer and program, wood, canvas, aluminum, 600 x 600 x 215 cm

The installation Only Richard is adapted from Richard II by William Shakespeare, who describes a king whose conviction to escape the laws of reality by his divine nature leads him to destitution and death. Richard here takes the form of a large robotic arm which dialogues on a set with a film including all the other characters – at the same time as he manipulates it: frame, blur, speed… Richard’s voice is interpreted by actress Emmanuelle Lafon.

The film was shot in a garden and a forest, with three actors and ten amateurs, mostly women. They face a subjective camera that is like Richard’s eye – replayed in the installation by the robot’s gestures. A confrontation then unfolds between the power and the people, the machine and the living, the divine and the profane. The project address multiple questions about power, technique and politics, gender, presence and absence in the world.

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Credits

Translation: François-Victor Hugo (1872). Adaptation and direction of play Thierry Fournier and Jean-François Robardet. Performers: Emmanuelle Lafon (Richard’s voice), Pierre Carniaux, Eloïse Chabbal, Aurélie Claude, Charles Gonin, Mathieu Guigue, Sophie Jaskierowicz, Marianne Kaldi, Emilie Legret, Alexia Mérel, Claire Moindrot, Judith Morisseau, Tram Ahn Ngô, Sandrine Nicolas. Installation’s design with Jean-Baptiste Droulers, in dialogue with the Fresnoy, programming Etienne Landon and Mathieu Chamagne, sound editing and mixing with Marie Léon. Film production (2008-2009): Pandore Production, Ensad Nancy (Electroshop research and creation workshop), with the support of the Lorraine Region, the Chartreuse-CNES and the Dicréam / CNC. Production of the installation (2018) : Le Fresnoy – National Studio for Contemporary Arts.

Acknowledgements

L’Arcal Lyrique, Julien Arnaud, Avant-Rue Friche Théâtre, Franck Bauchard, Jean-François Chiama, Grégory Diguet and Bipolar, l’Ensemble Atopique, Juliette Fontaine, Antonio Guzman, Mains d’Œuvres, Florence March, Daniel Migairou, Giuseppe Molino, Frédérique Payn, Olga Pitarch, Benoît Résillot, Jean-François Robardet, le Studio-Théâtre de Vitry, Alain Fleischer, Eric Prigent and the whole Fresnoy team.

Penser voir

Sound piece (mp3,9’47”, loop) and live feed from a CCTV camera (2018)
Watch the work online: www.acousticcameras.org/playlist/thierry-fournier/

A CCTV camera is filming a beach. One imagine that it is equipped with an artificial intelligence, thinking out loud through a synthetic voice. Her level of perfection would have led her to doubt and she would share her questions: what should we look at? How to recognize the sea, the passers-by? What is a suspicious behaviour? What is its purpose? As in a burn-out situation, she compares herself to the micro-workers exploited on the web, questioning the meaning of her work in an anthropomorphism that raises the political stakes of these devices.

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Penser voir was created by Thierry Fournier in 2018 at the invitation of Acoustic Cameras, an online project that invites composers and sound artists to annex the real-time flow of webcams located in various places around the world.

Nude

installation, 2017

Installation (2017)
Silicone moldings, leather, screen and electronic components, video (3’09”, HD, looped), led lights, plexiglas, steel, 180 x 60 x 80 cm

Nude forms a hybrid body made of anthropomorphic leathers for gloves, artificial silicone skins and a completely bare screen, like an organism of cables and translucent layers. Nude is also this color created by the fashion world, aiming at a “natural” appearance of the skins – but the white ones. The video projected on the screen is the first 3D mapped hand (and therefore the first skin) created in 1972 by Ed Catmull, future founder of Pixar. From the transformation of animals to that of bodies, the installation conjures up images of a human being each time recreated or emulated by technology. 

I quit

installation, 2017

Installation (2017)
series of videos found on Youtube (32′), video player and projector, bathroom mirror, headphones, variable dimensions.
In Heterotopia, solo show, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis, 16-07 – 06-08.

The installation projects in the exhibition space a series of video testimonials by people in the US who have left the social networks… and which paradoxically publish it all on Youtube. The abandonment of an experience described as superficial but providing also of a social recognition, and the resulting anxiety provoke a proselytizing discourse of “recovered life”, which evokes both the born again and the collectives of dependent persons, raising the quasi-religious dimensions of these attachments.
 
The device consists of a video projector and a bathroom mirror that projects the image to the ceiling or height of the room, as if their image came from outside our space. The videos are in English. An audio headset allows to listen to them individually.

List of videos URL:
Amy M – Why I quit Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgdCdd6ShLA
BrookeAlexia – Deleting my social media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3Ed9vwhsRU
Cora Handley – Why I Deleted Most of My Social Media And Cut Off Most of My Friends – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l0ZAd8D4Ao
D-Span – Why I quit social media and what it did! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljsxyN_rzok
Elessa O’Neil – Why I Really Quit Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmAbwTQvWX8
Hans Jordan P – Why I quit Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80SVzi7BEnI
Haters Keep Up – Jay Junior – The Time I quit Social Media: Experiment – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1wlWT_2DNI
Iggy Azalea – Just Quit Social Media! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmN3_1n0ZKw
Infinite Stars – Why I Quit Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHNhDE8NVvI
Ismael Millan – Why I quit Social Media!!! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCACOqaWZJ0
Koi Fresco – I’m Leaving Social Media… (Why You Should Too) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTbN68qvjwI
Lexi Dacrel – I Quit Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEIy-Z6pqsA
Mischa Janiec – Why I Quit Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr6qaThFx4Y
Nikki Sharp – Why I’m Quitting Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7YXOJo-78o
Paullikespasta – Why I Quit Social Media Response – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2_JbfRKXdo
Set Sail – Why I’m quitting Social Media For A Month – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRbGesLcTMU
Sleeping Is For Losers – I quit Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XukglIWwNk

Oracles

series of UV prints on plexiglass, 2017

UV prints on plexiglas, acoustic foam, neon lights, 200 x 66 x 18 cm (2017)

Three text messages are generated on a smartphone with a protocol that consists in randomly writing a first word, which is followed exclusively by the device’s automatic next-word suggestions. While this process is aimed to eliminate any decision, it appears that the algorithm also includes personal expressions, without revealing to what extent. Something that could seem exclusively produced by a machine is actually already the result of an hybridization by a program permanently fed by the capture of human’s behavior.

Oracles exists in two editions: English and French

Exhibition views : Thierry Fournier, Axolotl, duo show with Laura Gozlan, 2018

Exhibition view : Thierry Fournier, Heterotopia, solo show, 2017

Ecotone

network installation, 2015

Network installation (2015)
Computer, internet-connected program, video projection or HD screen

Ecotone is an artificial landscape inhabited by voices that read in real time all the messages posted on Twitter about desires.

A program downloads in real time all the messages written on Twitter that express desires, searching expressions such as “I wish”, “It would be so cool”, “I dream of”, “I totally wish”, etc. He makes them read by synthetic voices, and each message generates a sort of wave or mountain in the landscape. A camera moves endlessly in this artificial paradise, like an addiction that would never stop.

Extracted from the context of social media, these personal and sometimes very intimate thoughts can express love desires or life dreams, but also the very mundane seek for a pair of sneakers… With these sentences thrown over and over like messages in a bottle, the artwork addresses how the persons expose themselves on the Internet, questioning the fluctuating boundaries between intimacy and public life.

Ecotone, exhibition view, Criatec, Carmel church, Aveiro, Portugal, 2019

Programming: Olivier Guillerminet. Coproduction: Thierry Fournier, Lux Scène nationale de Valence, with support from Scan Rhône-Alpes grant, Dicréam grant, with support from Synesthesie.

Sous-ensemble

installation, 2015

installation (2015)

In a space similar as a recording studio, the presence of the visitors makes appear, one by one, the sounds of the instruments of a symphony orchestra during its tuning – until a complete reconstitution when a group is present. However, this warm-up never stops: the sound is held in a perpetual suspense, appearing and disappearing according to the visitor’s behaviors.

Created with the collaboration of the Lille National Orchestra. Engineering and artistic collaboration: Jean-Baptiste Droulers. Computer programming and spatialization: Mathieu Chamagne. Captation apparatus: Alexandre Saunier. Production: Bipolar – Mathieu Argaud. Executive production: SmartFR – illusion & macadam. Coproduction: Pictanovo Interactive Experiences Grant, Lille3000, Lille National Orchestra. With the support of Le Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts and DICRéAM (CNC – Culture and Communication Ministry).

Orchestra photograph © Ugo Ponte 2015

Ce qui manque

Curating, workshops and publication, 2014

Curating and publication, 2014

Curated by Thierry Fournier
Works: Armand Béhar, Laura Gozlan, Gwenola Wagon & Stéphane Degoutin.
Group show, June 6th-22th 2014, La Panacée, Montpellier

In partnership with the University of Montpellier 3 Paul Valery, School of Panacea offers an annual art experience to a group of students, creating an area of transmission and sharing of knowledge that complements and enriches the teaching methods academics in a research and experimentation.

In 2013-2014, La Panacée entrusted the curating to Thierry Fournier, artist and curator, who proposed the project What is missing . He invites Armand Béhar, Laura Gozlan, Gwenola Wagon and Stéphane Degoutin to create three in situ works. It offers students to participate in the whole process of creating this exhibition of his works and a publication devoted to the project. What is missing stakes include notions of utopia and evolution, and the critical conditions of emergence for collective projects.

The project unfolds around a sentence, a protocol and a common device. It asks a question deliberately left open. Facing a contemporary situation of “post-democracy” and the takeover of the culture industry, an issue concerns the conditions of joint projects that can be expressed here as well as reminiscence, utopia or alternate history. It concerns both desire, tension between individual and community, and the possibility of a common real or fictional space.

Exhibition and works

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Armand Behar, Une prière pour les candidats au voyage

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Laura Gozlan, Remote Viewing

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Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon, Umwelt rat réseau

Publication

Performed at the end of each week of residence, a publication describes the process, consisting of 4 large sheets folded A1, which will be screened during the exhibition.

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Credits

Production by La Panacée, Center for contemporary culture, Ville de Montpellier. In partnership with Direction de la Culture et du Patrimoine – Ville de Montpellier and Université Montpellier 3 – Paul Valéry. Coordination for Université Montpellier 3 by Claire Châtelet (Department of Performing Arts), Julie Denouël, Laurent Fauré, François Perea et Arnaud Richard (Department of Language Studies). Thanks to Franck Leblanc.

See you

installation, 2008-2012

Installation, 2008-2012
French title : A+

Placed in a street, a video screen displays exactly what can be seen behind it, as if it was a window – except that the video is displayed with a constant 24h delay. A coexistence of two temporalities into the same perspective creates a “temporal depth” and an impossible closed circuit for onlookers. Alternately actors and ghosts of the same scene, those who pass in the image and those who observe them coexist without ever communicating, unless they come back at the same place exactly 24h later.

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Production Lille3000 and Pandore Production, executive production Bipolar. With the sipport of Le Cube.

Open Source

installation, 2008-2011

Installation, 2008-2011

The installation is made up of an ellipse-shaped, shallow translucent basin of water, in front of which stands a multitouch interface. It enables the audience to draw a word or make a sketch directly with their hand, as if in the condensation on a window pane. Once a drawing is finished, it appears on the surface of the pool and drifts about with the others. The oldest sketches gradually fade out and make way for new ones.

Hotspot

installation, 2011

installation, 2011

The installation fills the entire exhibition space as well as exterior display surfaces. Crushed underfoot, glass debris smashes as spectators cross the exhibition floor. Amplified and distorted, these sounds are mixed with sound bytes from disaster films. Meanwhile, media coverage broadcasts breaking news and current affairs reports to the street outside, it too under surveillance via video and sound recordings, mapping, etc. A derisive theater of operations, the exhibition creates an interface between these worlds of observation and surveillance: inside and outside, mutually threatening, where the spectator is both observer and protagonist. The storytelling of fear in experimentation.

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Usual Suspects

installation, 2011

Interactive installation, 2011
Camera, computer, real time program, projection or screen

A program frames in a red rectangle any moving person or object. The device is extremely sensitive and reacts to any movement: passers-by but also objects, leaves, light reflections, etc. Using a CCTV system rendered absurd by the indiscriminate nature of the machine, the installation stages the fictionalisation of reality shared by the “surveillance society” and blockbuster films: law enforcement as a spectacle.

Set-up

sound installation, 2011

Sound installation, 2010-2014

Set-up is a sound installation that gives orders to exhibition visitors, in the tone of service and security messages: “Everything’s going to be alright”, “Everybody down!”, “If you’re young, rebel against older people”, etc. Playing on the ambiguity between artwork and service messages, Setup suggests a fantasy of control of the spectators, to which the apparatus addresses itself, as if to visitors of an amusement park or an hostile environment.




The texts include quotations proposed by Jean-François Robardet.
Voice: Juliette Fontaine.

Limbo

installation, 2011

Installation, 2011
Camera, computer, real time program, IR lights, projection, variable dimensions.

Limbo confronts the audience with spectral shapes that seem to be generated by their own movements, but in a different space and temporality. Blurred and saturated, reversed, delayed and extremely slow, these white shadows look similar to the humans, as they seem irreducibly foreign.

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Entrelacs

interactive video creation for the dance, 2010

Interactive video creation
dance project by Lionel Hoche, 2010

Entrelacs transposes the codes of the fantasy in the field of choreography. Five dancers perform the piece, in dialogue with an interactive video creation. Played on stage, the music is composed mainly of contemporary pieces for organ. A write of duality – ghosts, disappearances, duplication – thus unfolds in a close interlinking of body, space, image and music.

The relationship between the visible and the invisible is the starting point for the creation of interactive video. The forms inherit particularly from the fantasy film, while deploying a larger work on the ambiguities of perception appearances oscillations, temporal shifts, scaling, loss of consistency of the body … These visual phenomena are generated by the dancers’ movements , which are scanned by cameras. Worked exclusively in black and white, using organic aspects of video (vibrations, feedback …), they create a close relationship between gesture, space and temporality. The dancers become in turn the instigators, interlocutors or opponents of the phenomena they face. The interactivity of the image becomes the vector multiple relationships between animate and inanimate, past and present, immanent and absent, living and dead, body and space.

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Fermata

installation, 2009

Installation, 2009

In a gallery’s window, a camera films the street. Its image is projected on a large screen behind it. As soon as one or more visitors enter the room, the video’s speed is disturbed by their movements and gestures. If the visitor stops, the image is frozen but a vibration, which reacts to the slightest gesture, lives on. While image and sound are frozen, the camera goes on recording the image of the street: if the visitor moves again, the video starts up again, speeded up, and becomes gradually synchronized with the real time outside. Passers-by see themselves in a mirror controlled by other observers, who are themselves part and parcel of the scene seen through the window. The illusion of a power over time becomes the springboard for a generalized loop of exhibition and collective interaction.

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Point d’orgue was created in 2009 within the frame of a residency at Kawenga (Montpellier, FR).

Infocus

installation, 2009

Installation, 2009

A series of fixed-focus photographs of the body are taken with an extremely short depth of field, the position of the operator being the only variable parameter. Almost entirely blurred, these photographs are projected with a slide projector on autofocus mode, thus unable to stabilize itself. A slight movement results from this permanent oscillation. The apparatus associates three instabilities and focusing concerns: from operator, the projector and the spectator.

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Reanimation

interactive performance for a dancer and spectators, 2008

performance for a dancer and spectators (2008)
Samuel Bianchini, Thierry Fournier and Sylvain Prunenec

Reanimation is both an installation and a performance: a dancer and spectators share the same apparatus. A dark and square playground is divided in two parts by a screen, on which is projected the image of a dense fog. On both sides of the screen, the dancer and the spectators face one to each other. The fog is quite opaque, but the presence of the spectators provokes the apparition of black and moving shadows which allow to see thru them. The dancer explores this shared space and this variable conditions of visibility. He is in constant relationship with the public and the music, which is completely generated in real time by his movements. In this active confrontation, the performance is the result of the spectator’s behavior, as well as of the dancer’s.

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Coproduction École nationale supérieure d’art de Nancy, Atelier de recherche et de création ElectroShop, Alliance Artem, Espace Pasolini Théâtre international (Valenciennes), with support from Région Lorraine, Groupe ICN and SFR-Cegetel. Photographs Samuel Bianchini and Thierry Fournier.

Frost

performance, 2008

Performance, 2008
Thierry Fournier (apparatus and performance) / Jean-François Robardet (sculpture and text). Part of the Outside lectures performances series.

The journey done by a performer with a microphone on a polystyrene sculpture, becomes the sound metaphore of a polar landscape and architecture. The sculpture faces a bass amplificator on which the microphone is plugged, at the limit of the feedback, its sound transformed by a program into grans, rumblings and cracklings. The sound is permanently modulated by the performer’s gesture who modulates and excites the resonances in the sculpture’s holes. A gesture and a dance result of these actions, searching a balance between motion, sound and protection against the sound threats of the apparatus.

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Photographs by Samuel Bianchini.

Outside lectures

series of 7 performances, 2008

Series of 7 performances and curating, 2008
With Emmanuelle Lafon

These seven performances were created with five invited artists: David Beytelmann, Juliette Fontaine, Noëlle Renaude, Jean-François Robardet and Esther Salmona. Each of them adresses a relation to an outside, by the way of a specific protocol and apparatus : following a TV flow word by word (Close Circuit), interview about immigration with a french/argentinian philosopher, absurd lecture about homeless people, landscape described in real time thru the phone, sonic simulation of a catastrophe (Frost), etc. The performer and the audience share the same space, in a global apparatus that is reconfigured for each venue.

This “theatre of operations” is part and parcel of an overall approach questioning the relations between writing, visual arts and performance: apparatus, relations with the audience, critical choice of performance venues.

The series Outside Lectures is composed by the performances: Closed circuit, Foreign Office (guest author David Beytelmann), The Right Distance (guest author Noëlle Renaude), Ready mix (with Esther Salmona), Residency, Frost (with Jean-François Robardet), Sentinel (guest artist Juliette Fontaine).

Closed circuit, performance, with Emmanuelle Lafon, Lelabo, Paris, 2007

Photographs by Frédéric Nauczyciel and Alexandre Nollet.

Step to step

installation, 2008

Installation, 2008

A video shows a fitness lesson, given by a coach with techno music and costume, facing a low white pedestal in a room. A soon as a visitor puts a foot on the plinth, the speed of the video begins to slow down, until getting completely freezed if the spectator climbs on it. The sound is reacting as well, the voice remaining comprehensible but slowing down until its extreme limit. A general and paradoxal loop is established between the coach and the audience : the “double bind” of an impossible imitation, and the never-resolved transfer of the artwork between the image and the spectator’s body.

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Feedbackroom

installation, 2007

Interactive installation, 2007

Surrounded by a white blinking light, a microphone is placed on a stand, at the center of a complete dark room. As the visitors enter the room, bold and saturated feedbacks began to appear, reacting to their slightest movements, and increasing strongly as they approach the microphone. Each gesture modulates the sound, provoking for the visitors an increasing perception of their own body, as well as the sensation that a dangerous living thing is haunting the stage. The only visible forms are white, vibrating and pixellized shadows projected on the floor, around the microphone and around every spectator getting in the space. These pixelated forms are the negative shapes of the visitor’s camera caption from the ceiling: literally, they are the generators of the sound.

In this dark electric atmosphere that evokes punk music and science fiction, the visitors become both the instigators and the “willing victims” of a wild phenomenon that eludes them: a paradoxal situation of fear, self-exhibition and play.

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Coproduction Ecole nationale supérieure d’art de Nancy / Atelier de recherche et création Electroshop / Alliance Artem. A documentary film about Feedbackroom has been released in DVD by Éditions du Point d’exclamation and Éditions du Parc / ENSA Nancy, 2009.

The Life of Things

installation, 2007 – video, 2009

installation (2006) and video (2009)

Created initially as an installation, following the invitation of Technisches Wien Museum for its permanent collection, the video The Life of Things (Das Leben der Dinge) presents interviews of nine people discovering ten objects that have not been indexed, so that the history of those objects is controversed and for what the museum conservators do not know what to do with. Within a museum of science exhibiting a catalogue raisonné of objects and practices, The Life Of Things questions collective representations that objects are provoking when they become part of a collection, while we see nine people portrayed at the moment they are facing curiosity and uncertainty.

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Siren

installation, 2005-2010

Installation, 2005-2010
Samuel Bianchini and Thierry Fournier
with the voice of Maryseult Wieczoreck

A white dot on a black screen is following the spectator movements while he/she is using a computer mouse in front of it. Without activity, the installation diffuses the sound of human breath, barely audible. When the dot moves, the voice of a woman appears: static, then beginning to grow and increasing rapidly with the hand actioning the mouse. As the spectator’s gesture develops or focuses on a point, speeding up or slowing down, the sound unfolds and develops itself. The voice shifts from breathing to whispering, from singing to shouting, from the tiniest details to burgeoning vocals. The voice is reacting to the gesture and requests it. The sound gradually gives a shape to an acoustic body that reveals itself through the tactile exploration – although its interpretation remains offered to the audience.

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Ce qui nous regarde

installation, 2005

installation, 2005
Emmanuel Berriet and Thierry Fournier

The installation Ce qui nous regarde proposes a space in which the audience leave traces of its passages and movements, asking words and images and being questioned at their turn. In front of a large panoramic screen showing of a large number of words and questions, the presence and the movements of the spectators triggers the apparition of several videos trating the subject of development. The project proposes an hybrid form between cinema and interactive installation.

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Stories Machine

sound installation, 2004

Sound installation, 2004
Objects design: Zarko
Landscape design: Pascale Langrand and François Schelameur

The Garden of the Navel is a collective project based on an imaginary mythology that ironically names Pougne-Hérisson (a hamlet of 200 inhabitants) as the homeland of tales, where “all stories come from, and where they should come back”. The Stories Machine is an interactive sound installation which composes a soundscape with the stories that the visitors leave themselves. Several microphones are placed in the garden, in which visitors are invited to leave a story of their own, lasting anything from a few seconds to a few minutes, that will then be stored by the installation. As soon as it has been recorded, each story lives its own life and occupies the space. The lifetime of a story is unlimited: it is always heard immediately after it has been recorded, but it may reappear weeks or months later. The space of the Garden develops and grows with time: it is nurtured, visited and searched by the visitors themselves, like a talking landscape, organic and unpredictable.

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Electric Bodyland

sound installation, 2003

sound installation, 2003

Electric Bodyland is an interactive sound installation. Each movement of the spectators generates a navigation within an electronic musical piece which is composed, mixed and spatialized in real time. Individually or collectively, the spectators play their own composition of a sound sculpture which is to be explored continuously, from the inside and in an empty space.

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Created in the frame of a residency at the Synthese Festival 2003.

Shadow of a doubt

installation, 2003

installation, 2003
Original title : L’Ombre d’un doute

Shadow of a doubt is a “controversy room”: a set of points of view about science, media and politics is confronted with the audience presence and actions. The silhouettes of visitors are projected in real time on the wall, under the form of white “ghosts”; they follow them and reveal videos of interviews, TV archives and philisophical texts read by actors. The relationships and proximity between sequences are constantly modified by the interaction between the visitors in the room. Each person faces two simultaneous collective experiences: one that is talked about in the video sequences, and one that builds up continuously, improvised by the visitors, in the installation area.

People interviewed are activists and association members (François Desriaux, Christophe Gérard, Anne-Laure Morin, Christophe Noisette), philosophers and sociologists (Marc Augé, Bernard-Marie Dupont, François Ewald, Pierre Lascoumes, Isabelle Stengers), a farmer (Hervé Touraquet), civil servants and politicians (Bernard Bachelier, Alain Claëys, Martin Hirsch), and researchers (Olivier Godard, Pierre-Henri Gouyon, Guy Riba, Jacques Testart).

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Texts excerpts that actors read are by Giorgio Agamben (Moyens sans fins), Gilles Châtelet (Vivre et penser comme des porcs), Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari (Qu’est-ce que la philosophie ?), Georges Didi-Huberman (Ce que nous voyons, ce qui nous regarde), Bernard Kourilsky et Geneviève Viney (Rapport au premier ministre sur le principe de précaution), Bruno Latour (Du principe de précaution au principe de bon gouvernement), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (L’oeil et l’esprit), Francis Ponge (Le Parti pris des choses), Armand Robin (La Fausse Parole), Clément Rosset (Principes de sagesse et de folie), Isabelle Stengers (Sciences et pouvoirs – la démocratie face à la technoscience), Paul Watzlawick (La Réalité de la réalité : confusion, désinformation, communication), Ludwig Wittgenstein (De la certitude).

Related to: Outside Lectures, The Life of Things, Ce qui nous regarde, Feedbackroom

The Screens

music and sound installation for the theater, 2002

Original title : Les Paravents
Music and sound installation for the theater
Les Paravents by Jean Genet / Stage direction Frédéric Fisbach, 2002

Monstruous theater play taking place during the algerian war, involving 96 characters, many parallel narrations and simultaneous scenes, The Screens were directed in 2002 by Frédéric Fisbach who chose to display the casting between three actors for the 3 main characters and japanese bunraku puppets for all the others. The bunraku company is Youki-za, one of the oldest in Japan, founded at the XVIth century. Puppet’s voices were played live by two other actors.

The Screens seems to be a proposition for a total theater – a feast as Genet said – where the text accompanies a poetic action which takes place either on stages or screens. The Screens carry a dream or a vision of the theater which could be simultaneously a comedy and a solemn feast, dedicated to the living and the dead. A poem for the stage reviving the politics, in the sense it offers a vision of the world to the public” (F. Fisbach)

The music for live electronics, the voice’s amplification and transformation and the spatialization of every element was played live on stage by Jean-Baptiste Droulers.

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The Nibelungen Treasure

installation, with E. Berriet & O. Auber, 2000

Interactive installation, 2000
Olivier Auber, Emmanuel Berriet, Thierry Fournier
Performers: Armelle Orieux (soprano), Laura Gordiani (alto), Jean-François Chiama (tenor), Eric Guillermin (bass).

The Nibelungen Treasure is based on the medieval text of the Nibelungen Lied and the myth it has become: an invisible monument in the german history and in the city of Worms, where the Lied takes place. Visitors entering the installation see the city of Worms from underneath, as if the ground were transparent. Beneath their feet, the bottom of the world stretches into infinity like an impossible chaos. In this space, between the town and the bottom of the world, the imaginary space of the myth develops itself.The visitor moves intuitively in this space, as if he were floating, by means of a circular joystick that he can manipulate in all directions. All the visual and musical elements are generated in real time, in relation to the visitor’s movements on the interface. The spectators influences the content and the form of the score, and the way its parts link and mix. The instrumental gesture of the spectator leads into an experience of time: a continuous circulation in the inner matter and construction of music. The music and soundtrack of the whole museum has been also created within the same project.

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