« In front of the deep water, you can choose your vision; watching the still bottom or the current, the bank or the infinite; you have the ambiguous right to see or not to see, you have the right to live like a boatman or to live with a new race of fairy (…). The water fairy, mirage’s guardian, holds all the birds of heavens in her hand. A puddle contains a universe. A dream moment contains a whole soul » Gaston Bachelard. Water and dreams. Essay on matter’s imagination, 1941
This video installation is a disconcerting sensitive experience, a journey through the theme of water and reflection and based on collective imaginary. The underwater shooting creates singular poetic moments in which the normal perception is deviated.
This video installation was created in a public swimming pool, with common swimmers, free divers, and dancers. We asked them to tell us a story, a souvenir, an emotion they experienced through the contact of water. Then those stories were choreographed underwater with them.
Water, source of life, purifying, healing, protecting, regenerating; it is also destructive, threatening, born from a magic and primitive world, filled with creatures. Those scenes create a kaleidoscope of perceptions and states we can experience through the contact of water. Each of us is invited to plunge into one’s impressions, memories, and imagination.
Mirror effects, light and shadows create a poetic journey. Images and space are multiplied, offering the oblique reflection of the world, in search of converging points between reality and imagination.