FACES / Catherine Ikam & Louis Fléri (France)
From March, 19 to April, 4 – From Tuesday to Saturday, from 02:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. – La Tôlerie
2014 / Installation vidéo générative interactive en temps réel de Catherine Ikam & Louis Fléri
Réalisation : Thomas Muller
“The self is only a threshold, a door, a becoming between two multiplicities”
Gilles Deleuze, “A Thousand Plateaus”
“The void is the force of life, the effervescence of each, the main institutor”
Alberto Giacometti, letter to Pierre Matisse
“He no longer saw the face of his friend Siddhartha, instead he saw other faces, many, a long sequence, a flowing river of faces, which all came and disappeared, which all constantly changed and renewed themselves, and which were still all the same.”
Herman Hesse, “Siddhartha”
The idea of “FACES” is to provide the visitor with a face-to-face encounter with himself. A camera captures his face in 3D, thus creating in real time his digital double that interacts with him like in a mirror. A double with a particular translucent texture, which is weightless and present while at the same time elusive. This face is made up of a million particles that have been generated in real time and whose movement creates the appearance and disappearance of the model.The model takes shape, becomes detailed, disappears, takes shape again, then slowly slips away, out of reach, in an uncertain game that is not unlike the impermanence of our presence. As soon as another visitor arrives, his face replaces the previous one. “Faces” is a new work on the face in its final stage before its disappearance.
Festival des Arts Numériques, Enghien les Bains, juin 2014 (création)
Variation/ShowOff – Media Art Fair, Paris, octobre 2014
DX Galerie, Bordeaux, novembre 2014
Since 1980 catherine Ikam has been working on the concept of identity in the electronic age, and in particular on the themes of identity and appearance , the living and tha artificial, the Human and the model. She is one of the pioneering Européan artist in the field of new techno- logies. In 1980 she created for the Museum National d’Art Moderne , Centre Georges Pompi- dou (Paris ) an installation on the theme of identity based on various problematic instances of self-representation : in Fragments of an Archetype and Identité III she introduces fragmentation in video installations (cf Nam June Paik,Videocryptography).
Catherine Ikam has been a Research Fellow at the Massachusset’s Institute of Technology, author and producer of tv programs for the French public Television, co-author of Valis, a video opera produced by the IRCAM and the Museum d’Art Moderne for the 10th Anniversary of the Centre Georges Pompidou in 2000. She was awarded the Arcimboldo price for digital art and her work is widely shown both in France and abroad. She was guest artist at the BanffCentre dor the Arts (Canada) and taught at the french Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Le Fresnoy) , where she produced “Digital Diaries”.
Louis Fléri started to investigate new technologies at the begining of the eighties. Freelance jour- nalist, he focused on new images. In 1987, he became producer for audiovisual products and realised some “videograms” in the contemporary art field. In 1992 , he was awarded the price IMAGINA in Art section.