Un portrait peut avoir un fond neutre

Two channels video installation, quadraphonique sound, variable dimensions, 14’40’’. Production Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing, France, 2005.

Referencing the static background landscapes in portraiture, this work examines the disquieting “line behind” of Flemish paintings and the schematic concept of space and context. The idea of the horizon and the notion of perspective is linked to the imposed model of seeing the world from a fixed and stable point of view. Based on this idea, I decided to capture images of the sea horizon in the open sea to record the movement of a line that we suppose, – or better, we know-, as fixed and stable. This line oscillates and fractures, it moves. And through this movement space is conceived in another way, and objects and landscapes have to be reorganized accordingly. The soundtrack of the piece is composed by natural ambients and the voice of a woman saying a texte upon space in a wide sense and not directly related to what is seen in the image. In this piece I want to reflect on the idea of stability and instability that exists between the observer and the observed, question the supposition that we always see upon a strong platform and examine how that line in movement organizes the frame.

Group Exhibition, Panorama 6, Casting Stories, Le Fresnoy Studio national des arts contemporains, 2005