INSTALLATION | LE FRESNOY - STUDIO NATIONAL DES ARTS CONTEMPORAINS | OPENING OCT 15TH | PANORAMA 22
Photographs of the deceased are immersed in tanks full of water. The images dissolve, going through a succession of states showing ephemeral, fragile beauty.
The tanks are backlit and the light is projected onto the walls and ceiling.
Drops fall into the tanks, making low noises that sound like voices and mingle with the words of the deceased. The voices of the drops, together forming a murmur, is accompanied by a subtle and tender musical composition. The result is an ensemble which orchestrates images and sound in an installation. The atmosphere that is established in the room raises questions. After the dissolution of bodies, does something like the soul still remain, a moment of floating and pulsation?
Is it possible that an intermediary world, a world of transition may exist?
This project is not about mourning, but about memory.
A preliminary version of the work is being exhibited in Panorama 22 – Les Sentinelles; Écho de quelques gouttes d'éternité.
QUELQUES GOUTTES D'ÉTERNITÉ | WITH BEAT GYSIN
LEFT OVER | C-PRINTS ON CLEAR | LIGHTBOXES | 8cm x 5,3cm | 2020
The photographs of the white fleece covered glacier ice, were shot in 6×9 format. The prints on analogue transparent paper are slightly smaller than the original negatives and condense the information. They are mounted in Light Boxes.
The grotto in the Rhone glacier was built in 1870. The tunnel must be carved into the ice again every spring because of glacial movement. In recent decades climate change has become a real threat for the grotto. According to the most recent numbers, the glacier lost ~1300 m in the last 120 years. In order to slow down the fast melting, the tunnel is covered with white fleece. The grotto that once stood inside the glacier, now lies on top.
DAYLIT DAYLIGHT | WITH SCANNER
Daylit Daylight is taken from the new album, An Ascent (2020) from my dear friend Scanner. What a joy and honor to work with such an openminded talented artist as Robin.
The album was recorded entirely live, with no preparation. It captures exactly the moment of composition and performance at the very same time, equally so. None of the pieces were altered afterwards, with only perhaps the tiniest amount of trimming in terms of length, but otherwise remain true to what happened at that moment in time.
For Daylit Daylight I worked with photographs and mapped the image to the sound, as it builds layer by layer. Both the music and photographs are analogue, and for this film I have kept the photographic grain, moving from analogue to digital within the image, introducing colour and graphic patterns as the piece develops.
ONE LAST HOUR | MULTIPLES
ONE LAST HOUR is a multiple of 571 pieces, representing the 571 plants that have become extinct since 1750. The photographs that pay tribute to them are produced using the same methods as the Talbott salt prints, which made the scientist a pioneer in photography. In the ONE LAST HOUR project, the process is puroposly modified so that, if facing any light exposure, the image of the plant fades away in one hour: A way of questioning ourselves about possession, preservation and consumption.
So, will you dare to open your box?
Each Box is unique, numbered and signed. You can order yours for 48 €.
LAUREATE BOURSES RECHERCHES CREATION 2020
WIEDERGEFUNDENE SEELEN | VIDEO
The villagers from Fiesch valley, Switzerland, dependent on nature and tourism, make arrangements with God, with the spirits and with scientific projects. Each strategy plays an essential part in maintaining the base of their community in terms of identity as well as economy: the heart of their existence– the Aletsch glacier.
In this valley, between myths and sciences, ecology and tradition coalesce into one relentless motion towards the future.
PRODUCTION KIDAM | CNC