By Nicolas Guichard & Béatrice Lartigue, Lab212
How, across emptiness, to suggest lush fauna and flora? How to use sound and light vibrations to interfere with our bearings and our apprehension of space, while giving it a sense of materiality?
Vertical light beams shape the space.
By touching a light beam, the visitor widens it and releases a bird song just above him. He feels the warmth of the light on his skin, and the gentle sounds of nature surrounding him.
Once the bird sound ends, the beam narrows down, inviting the visitor to continue his exploration.
A strange fauna draws a landscape that is both abstract and exuberant.
Passifolia is a monumental installation, exhibited at La Gaité Lyrique, in Paris.
The piece is made of 16 interactive modules organically set up in space. The modules are each composed of an automated light, an ultra-directional speaker and a sensor system.
What are the links between perception of the body and identity? At what point do we stop recognising our altered image?
Identity is “the nature of that which, combining various names or features, forms a unique whole or represents a unique, single reality,” it corresponds to the principle whereby “a thing cannot be both itself and its opposite” (online version of Le Trésor de la Langue Française French dictionary).
The visitor arrives and comes face to face with himself, his double. Although it is less detailed and realistic, his double looks exactly like him. The visitor recognises himself in this reflection.
However, when he looks more closely, he discovers something strange. Composed of multitudes of particles, his body is animated by invisible forces.
He starts to feel surprised by his own appearance. His silhouette vibrates, swells up and becomes distorted.
As he moves around, his metamorphosis speeds up.
How to represent a musical motif in a surrealist universe?
he track Philemon begins a universe that is at once poetic, surrealist and heady. Composed around a musical motif of 6 notes played continuously, the melodic structure of the piece seems to stretch to infinity. Philémon evokes a surprising journey through time and space, punctuated by changes in rhythms, accelerations and decelerations… to finally find a state of balance at the end of the song. The atmosphere that emerges is bewitching and psychedelic.
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Béatrice Lartigue is a French artist .
Béatrice is a member of the interdisciplinary collective Lab212, founded in 2008 in Paris by 9 friends.
Using new media, Béatrice Lartigue creates installations which explore our perceptions of space and sound.
These pieces, in which the visitor becomes an actor, provoke a loss of bearings and offer a sensitive interpretation of impalpable phenomena by giving them a materiality, as through light and sound beams in space (Passifolia, 2020), the force of the wind on the landscape (Nebula, 2018), or the unfold of a music score in volume (Portée/, 2014).
Her works were exhibited at the Barbican Centre (London, GBR), the Miraikan Museum (Tokyo, JPN), the Museum of Digital Art (Zurich, CHE), the DMuseum (Seoul, KOR), le Centre Pompidou (Paris, FRA).
Béatrice Lartigue has won several international awards, including from the Sundance Film Festival (New Frontier Selection: Notes on Blindness), the Lumen Prize (Performance Award: Portée/).