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 dynamic audio-visual installation that seamlessly combines digital projection, spatialized sound devices, and captivating lighting effects. Originally conceived for the inner courtyard of the Musée d’art et d’histoire of Geneva, this thought-provoking installation delves into the archaeology of our present era, specifically exploring the memories of a time that is both recent and yet already distant: the era before the internet.

The title of the work itself, a whimsical and erroneous Google translation of a sentence by Canadian artist Douglas Coupland, "I miss my pre-internet brain," encapsulates the essence of the installation. It invites contemplation of our complex existence as humans caught between the enduring memories of a non-interconnected daily life and the transformative upheaval brought about by the internet, which has profoundly altered our relationships with the world, territories, other people, and ourselves.

Combining reworked interviews that provide a human touch, a visually stunning graphic creation mapped onto the courtyard facade (in the original site-specific version), carefully orchestrated lighting arrangements, and a soundtrack that blends language and experimental sounds, Je rate mon cerveau pré-internet explores the realms of video mapping and digital imagery from a sociological, poetic, and forward-looking perspective. It offers a captivating and multi-dimensional experience that invites viewers to reflect on the impact of technology on our lives and ponder the possibilities of our future.

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 ↓