Prog : Johan Lescure.
Prod : Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains
My project came out from a questionning about utopias of post-humanism. Investigating about technologies of retinal prothesis and their pionneer patients, I discovered a perception of a new kind as long as limitations in its expression. Limitation in the transcription of a inner vision (something that we all share) as well as limitation in the transmissions of elements leaking industrial secrets on the product. The line between the persons and the product becomes thin when post-human people are bound to the constructor of their implants, as part of the product experiment themselves. Their new glance is then subordinate to the imperatives of the industry. Out some months before the Google glasses what can those special smart glasses are made with the same goal to improve connection, orientation, surveillance and efficiency of user in citylife. Though, unlike Google Glasses users, people equipped with Second Sight still have to hold on with patience in order to read the world through their new eyesight. As Stephen Hawking used to run on his legs, people getting the artificial retina lost their retinal cells step by step. Therefore they were operated with hope to reconnect to the world, to catch a lighthouse in the fog - finding back their eyes at night, in dreams of colorful memories. The happy few who handle the device are trying to relay on their capacity of projection and synesthesia in order to give a meaning to the light signal their brain receives. A perception which was described as a watercolor process ( cf Science et vie).
Watercolor abstract texture
The lost and found of perception raises the issue of our presence to the world, to oneself but also loneliness and difficulty of connecting and transmitting perception. My original project for "Pixel Sunrise" was to establish a collaboration with a patient and a therapist around a transcription of the perception. The goal of this meeting would have been to confront the external objective scientific approach to the subjective interpretation of the patient. Blurring the lines, the piece would have transform biosignals into images. (The utopic original project was including a medical-artistic action, consisting in capturing and re-sending electric signal from the electrodes - located on the retin - to a virgin 16mm film being an avatar of the retina itself. The reaction of the silver to the light being similare to a retinal phenomenon). We would have confuse the inside and the outside, a lightened electrode with the moon.
A sunrise after sunset as the dream of a sunrise in the daytime.
Those aesthetic researches has been made in collaboration with Delphine Menoret cinematographer from Louis Lumière school and Raphaël Thibaut colorist former student at Le Fresnoy Studio National, who formerly worked on "A radiant Life". We put our interest in a meeting in between numeric and analogic compositing ; the connection between film 16mm and numeric. Unfortunatly, the contract Second Sight made me sign was both allowing me to meet patients and forbidding me then to communicate via an installation or a film what we would discover. Refusing a sad restriction of my freedom of speech, I then took the decision to give up the collaboration, which I admit, at this state of the product developpement, was an utopia itself.
Afterwhile, I had to imagine a new work which could quote them from afar. "Pixel sunrise" interactive installation brings up relationships in between screens and damaged retinas, loss of vision and numeric innovation, excessive lighting and blindness. I had very little time to set up the piece and decided to create an interactive piece / room in which the visitor would experiment the loss and return of one's figure. The birth of a visual print of the moving energy in the place to an high definition image of the individual subordinate to the device.
Tests of dual-perception Hi
Removal of the polarizing filter from the LCD TV screen.
Multiple perception of a sunset
broadcasted on a filter-less LCD TV.
INTERACTION INSTALLATION - PANORAMA 16
The installation refers to the early days of photography, blind gazes, subjects petrified in their patience, their wait to be immortalized. Death above as an image that is missing, the end of the tape or return to the start. Navigating between several dimensions, as if teleported, we often say, “I didn’t see the time go by.”
Pixel Sunrise interactive installation is an essay about the loss and return of a self perception, a back and forth between abstraction and figuration, with, in-between, blindness. The point was to conceive a medium that enables the visitor to experience a two-ways movement between the fixation and dissolution of their form, the loss and return of a signal. The keystone of the installation is to be found in the dissociation of a screen and its polarising filter, a distancing which reveals the screen as a monochrome of white, radical light. A path leading to the delay of the image, subject to a gradual, fragile revelation, through a filter hanging in infinity.
Pixel sunrise - installationContact : firstname.lastname@example.org
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