Interfaces are rooted in my sculptor’s
background. I researched, through materials and movements
that brought me to design mechanical characters imitating
the operation of our own body, they are often perceived like
awkward dancers. When they become wearable, they keep this
physicality, those weight and texture they keep on being objects.
:: The project
of the travelling closet was carried out in spring 2001 during a
residency in Est-nord-est center. It is an interactive project inviting
the passers by to intervene physically
in a surrealist situation metaphor of their physical relation to
their environment. The closet walks along on casters transporting
mechanical cloths/prostheses. It is composed of familiar
elements but incongruous in this situation and of an electronic
control. When it stops I take out a pair of latex and metal wings
as well as lead soles, and I invite the passers by to try on these
accessories that will enable them to control the mechanism of the
landscape inside the box. The bottom of the closet is opened at
middle height letting the light through an aqueous visual effect
created by the translucent acetate superposition. They pass as a
water landscape following the rhythm of the beat of the wings.
:: The first exit
of the closet toke place at Saint Jean Port Joli (Quebec) at the
edge of the river St Laurent it was a complete success. The Closet
attracted the passers by thanks to its surrealist and ludic aspect,
this intervention brought in a small community a moment of artistic
exchanges around the significant presence of the movement of water
for the inhabitants. The Closet was also presented at Theatre 347
in Paris within the framework of the Via+ festival but by its travelling
aspect It is more to be presented in street festival than in a theatre.
:: Since my training
in visual arts at Concordia University, my artistic practice combines
the sculpture and the interactive mechanisms. Direct intervention
is an axis that I already approached in previous projects such as
SkulpturZirkus, and the Closet project confirmed that it is a presentation
mode adapted to my interactive objects. It replaces them in direct
bond with the community.
un c ti o n s is an environment of
interactive sculptures, articulated
and sensual mechanical prostheses.
The pieces presented here have by their texture a direct bond with
the body from which they are often inspired in their forms as mechanics
gives them life. They let us see our inner body from an external
point of view. The sculptures
resemble archaic moving beings they
question the viewer at the same time attracted and worried by what
is presented to him.
In the interactive process he is confronted with the sculptures,
using a physical interface that implies the moving of the totality
of his body. As he attempts to control the sculpture, their mutual
discovery brings to a new perception of the viewer own physical
reality and his position in space as a biological entity. He becomes
aware of the reality of his own body towards the chaotic body of
the machine who imitates him or is it the opposite Functions was
presented in February 2003 at the art centre Action Art Actuel at
St Jean on Richelieu (Quebec).