2009, A/V installation.
Role: Art direction, motion design, editing.
Production: CDA Enghien, Enghien-les-Bains city council
Coordination & project management: ANTIVJ
Enghien-les-bains, France, December 2009.
In the heart of the public space, a captivating projection mapping experience unfolds, immersing the city hall in an atmosphere of eerie beauty. The interplay of light and shadow creates a mesmerizing chiaroscuro effect, enveloping the surroundings in a mysterious aura. At the focal point of this visual spectacle, peculiar machinery takes shape, its enigmatic forms open to interpretation and inviting contemplation.
Drawing inspiration from the ancient swamp that once occupied the land before the city's rise, Déshérence embraces a Kafkaesque aesthetic, evoking a sense of the uncanny and the unknown. Each night, for a duration of three weeks, this remarkable piece captured the attention of passersby, transforming their perception of the familiar city hall into an extraordinary and thought-provoking experience.
The very essence of Déshérence is rooted in its title, derived from the French legal term used to describe an abandoned property, left behind by its owner. Through this evocative concept, the installation prompts contemplation on themes of neglect, transience, and the passage of time, encouraging viewers to reflect upon the impermanence of existence and the shifting nature of our surroundings.
Déshérence is the result of a collaborative endeavor, combining the artistic vision of Florent Tarrieux, who crafted the mesmerizing visuals, and the sonic landscapes composed by Squeaky Lobster, which served as a harmonious accompaniment to the immersive experience. Together, their talents brought this captivating installation to life, weaving together light, sound, and space to transport audiences to a realm where imagination and interpretation reign.
Recognizing its artistic excellence and innovation, Déshérence was honored with a special mention in the new media art category at the prestigious 7th edition of the Qwartz Awards in 2011. This accolade serves as a testament to the profound impact and artistic significance of this early projection mapping masterpiece, solidifying its place in the realm of groundbreaking visual art experiences.