The liminals, the metamorphosis
of the being in its vision
Production Le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains
• Approximately 40 optical devices made of plastic, glass, steel
• Multiple prints of photographs made through these devices
• Systems of monstration of these photographs
The aim of this project is to represent what sees: the seer. A system of optics that show themselves in the images was therefore made. The photographs produced then testify to the shape of the transparent object that allowed them to be captured. Between a precarious reality and an imperious reality, these images insist on the relativity of the sight and the representations.
These optical instruments have been manufactured in order to appear in the images they capture. They have defects, aberrations, they are imperfect, because they do not disappear in the photographic result. They assert themselves as pieces of reality, just like the environment they allow to capture. Sometimes composed of pre-existing objects or completely fabricated, the optical modules can be associated and arranged endlessly to propose ever new ways of seeing. When these tools are used, they are mounted in front of the camera without its industrial lens. In the exhibition, these optics become sculptures that face the pictures they have produced.
These multiple light boxes invite us to see the captures made through entoptic optics with a new perspective. Trapped in transparent layers, the silver prints are superimposed on digital images that appear on a screen, in front of or behind them. The visuals are constantly modified by these digital changes and infinitely question what we see or what we have seen. As a result, a viewer standing in the middle of this slowly changing landscape will never see the same thing twice. Each light box tries something with the images: some will superimpose them, others will associate them with the movements of a video, others will use optical phenomena that allow to see the image differently... One of the experiments also consists in the random conception of descriptive sentences of these mobile photographic landscapes. Words are randomly selected in a long list and write little stories that give keys to enter in this visual work.
The large films
These large floating formats allow us to enter completely into some of the captures. These visions, between figuration and abstraction, present a reality that we doubt, but which nevertheless gives us tangible clues of a material presence with clear forms that take shape in the middle of luminous apparitions, optical distortions, reflections…
Sheets perforated with a laser cutter according to a customized dot pattern, diffusing PMMA sheets, leds
Perforgamme is an invented image recording technique that includes the visual in the material, like a cut-out slide. By projection of these perforated images, a new materiality of what they represent appears, the light draws a spectrum.
Black hole mapping
Protoype of interractive cartography symbolizing the gravitational field of black holes. Small leds, imaging stars, fade away when approaching the center of the map.
Project realized in partnership with Camille Astié.
What is chaos?
This small experimental editorial work aims to search for the stereotyped image of chaos. Different people have been asked about the color, the texture, the shape and the density of chaos. Each answer is transcribed on a transparent card and can be confused with the other visual elements expressed: an image of chaos is built.
20 drawings 35 by 50 cm
Great details from the mineral and vegetable worlds are transcribed in the form of prints-drawings.
10 digital photographic prints 30×40 cm
The optical particles are digital photograms of optical instruments and slides. The photographic device is thus reversed: a light illuminates the sensor, the shadow of the optic is projected on it. The optic is no longer used to see, it is seen.
For the cultural magazine Espace(s) published by the CNES (National Space Center), the project Anecdotal stars suggests a confusion between images on screen and printed images. Moreover, the project was published in a small book of 26 pages including all the visual experiments.
14 digital photographic prints
Stones are scanned, on various colored backgrounds, to present them as tools. Indeed, I use them myself in most of my work. These portraits are a tribute to these minerals that appear in many projects.
E pur si mueve
Experimental map reading machine.
Developed with Camille Astié, Éléonore Geissler and Albane Monnier
Laser beam on steel rods, lens on rods, engraved lenses on rods
The lensoscope is an invented device composed of a laser, a blank lens and engraved lenses. Its objective is to record images on very small surfaces and to implant the image in the material. This laser/lens combination is then harmonized by the projection.
24 analog photographs
Houses in the evening, in a residential area in Nanterre, empty or lit, before returning to work.
Émilie du Châtelet Scoposcope
Machine in folded sheet metal without welding, motor, leds, lenses
The Scoposcope Émilie du Châtelet allows a projection on three sides of plastic prints in rotation. The images of the transparent object come out of the machine.
René Descartes Scoposcope
Machine in folded sheet metal without welding, motor, leds, handmade gyroscope, frosted plexiglass
The René Descartes Scoposcope projects thermo-formed prints. It develops the principle of the scoposcopy on three dimensions, by proposing a giroscopic movement, the volume of the print is broken up on three faces.
Maurice Merleau Ponty Scoposcope
Machine in folded sheet metal without welding, motors, leds, lasers, handmade gyroscope, frosted glass, lenses
The Merleau-Ponty is a multi-functional scoposcope, offering a multitude of combinations to transmit the impressions captured. Always playing with movement and light, its modularity offers mobile visions of the world.
Coal, wires, arduino, projector
With Camille Astié at the PaTI school in South Korea, we designed a graphic experiment made from charcoal. We made pieces of coal that react to touch and trigger sounds and images telling a climatic story. Earthquakes, storms, rains... All these elements are cumulative and create a new environment.
Korea in photographs
series of digital photographs
Photographs taken in South Korea, from north to south, with the outside view of photographer Kim Hee Jung.
book, single edition
Illuigonie means "the imaginable but unverified origin of a thing", it is a made-up word. It is the title of this inventory, which includes a year of plastic research on 700 pages. This research feeds my productions and, sometimes, constitutes them.
book, 20 pieces
A tiny book bound in random order creates hazardous sentences with subjects and verbs. These microscopic words manufacture thought and give ideas.
Obscura Filippo Brunelleschi
Aluminium profile machine, motor, lens, leds, mirror, turntable
It is a machine to project objects live. The image is generated in the present, at the speed of light. The confusion between an object and its image no longer exists. The object has a relation to its image comparable to the one it would have to its shadow.
The smallest vertigo
10 silver photographic prints, 3 prints on cotton
The smallest vertigo is a series of photographs of mountain landscapes without retouching. Through a prism, the eye of the camera goes crazy, the gaze is lost between skies and summits. A confusion is made between what is in front and what is behind, new horizons are drawn.
Black and white shadows
Black and white analog prints
The black and white shadows are photograms from thermoformed prints. They are photographic records of the projections of the plastic prints, a trace of the volume. Starting from the transparent, we reach contrasted and readable images.
Analog colored prints
The color shadows are color photograms of the thermoformed prints. They are recordings of the interferences present in the modeled plastic materials. From the transparency, interpretations of the objects are made.
Structure in aluminium profiles, diffusers, neon lights, filters, thermoformed plastic surfaces, organic objects
from 130×31×20 to 250×68×25 cm
These large boards are a kind of sky, openings to a new transparency. By playing with the interferences present in these large plastic prints of organic materials, a new decor is created.
The installation is appearing in levitation in a dark space, thus, we are immersed in the resonances which become floating visions. A resonance turns and shows the process of projection, they are completed by their photogram.
2018 — 2019
15 analog prints
These kind of aurora borealis in Bézier curves are photographic traces of diffracted light. The infra-world presented in movement becomes hypnotizing. The shadows of the forms resulting from the infinitely small are recorded. These silver prints made directly by laser become bridges between the technological and the analogical worlds. They are hematoma of light.
photographed inkjet prints, 4 prints
Miniscule images are printed, they represent parts of the world: stars, seas, plants, minerals, eyes... Rephotographed, these images open up another dimension: the dimension of the image itself.
Backlit tiles, engraved plastic plates engraved plastic plates, filters
Phenomenological images are photographs engraved on plastic surfaces set in resonance. With these new images whose colors move according to the movement of the observer, the forms are born of the iridescence of the material.
The phenomenological images are declined in series, to form a set of matter-lights resulting from various mineral elements. The different visions that appear from this physical process raise the question of the minerality of the images.