Je rate mon cerveau pré-internet

An installation by Romain Tardy

Music by Loran Delforge

Production: Mapping Festival / Base sous-marine de Bordeaux
With the support of Perte de Signal artist residency (Quebec)

Site specific version: Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva, Switzerland, May 2016.
Installation version: various locations, from 2016.

Je rate mon cerveau pré-internet is a versatile audio-visual installation combining digital projection, with light and spatialized sound devices. Originally set in the inner courtyard of the Musée d’art et d’histoire of Geneva, it establishes a questioning about the archaeology of the present time, and more specifically on the memories of a time barely past and yet already distant: the one before the internet. The title of the work itself, an automatic and erroneous Google translation of a sentence by Canadian artist Douglas Coupland “I miss my pre-internet brain”, refers to our uncertain condition of humans tossed between the still perennial memories of a non-interconnected daily life and the total overthrowing of the situation that we live in today, that deeply modifies our relationship to the world, to territory, to other people and to ourselves.

With a mix of human intervention under the form of reworked interviews, augmented by a graphic creation mapped on the façade of the courtyard (in the original and site-specific version of the project), a specific light device and a soundtrack mixing language and sound experimentation, Je rate mon cerveau pré-internet discusses video mapping and digital imagery through a sociological, poetic and forward-looking way.

If you'd like to know more about the process, have a look at the video below shot by Vice magazine x The creators project (in French):

Thr original installation ↓

The second version of the project, a mixed media, multi-channel A/V installation ↓