Concept, design, animation: Yannick Jacquet
Music: Before Tigers (Laurent Delforge)
The installation Remote Memories is the fruit of a collaboration between media artist Yannick Jacquet and composer Laurent Delforge. It is a polyptych in panoramic format, a large canvas of video and sound. This highly pictorial work resists immediate apprehension; rather it needs to be observed a moment, contemplated in order to grasp its minor details. Textures are superimposed and interlaced, creating atmospheres that vibrate with neither line nor contour – a sort of “sfumato video.” The image that seems fixed at first is criss-crossed by almost imperceptible waves, like a brownian movement that shakes a gas’s particles. Glimmers, colours, shapes unknown or anxious seem to emerge and disappear as if glimpsed through thick fog.
The soundtrack broadcasted through a series of 11 vibration speakers makes use of the canvas’ wooden panels as a sound box. Just like its visual counterpart, it is composed of vibrant textures superimposed on one another and creating a “drone” that alternates between brooding moods and more luminous sounds.
There is no question of audio-reactivity here since the images and sounds evolve at their own rhythm, mixing, losing ground, drifting, letting chance and coincidence create new interactions endlessly.
The installation Remote Memories invites the gaze to pause and apprehend the impossibility of immobility in an age where data is overabundant.
Remote Memories & the Six Cycles Orchestra is a live performance adapted from the installation.
Using the same set-up, augmented with six turntables and a collection of custom-made vinyls with locked grooves, Before Tigers paints a soundscape in conversation with the work’s visual element.
Both the installation and the live performance explore the tensions engendered by a certain conception of slowness, inviting the viewer to engage in contemplation.
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