Event

‘Fossilation’ at the Pompidou

Researchers and student members of the Speculative Life Cluster Biolab present Fossilation at the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris

The artwork is part of the Hors-Pistes Festival, February 1 to 14, 2021 and the Matières d´image exhibition.

Co-developed with l’École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (Ensad, Paris, with the EnsadLab laboratory) and the University of Toronto Mississauga, the artwork is part of a research-creation project about the operative concept of ‘membranes’ (dir. Alice Jarry, co-dir. Samuel Bianchini and Marie-Pier Boucher).

It was produced collectively – on both sides of the Atlantic – by Brice Ammar-Khodja, Alexandra Bachmayer, Samuel Bianchini, Marie-Pier Boucher, Didier Bouchon, Maria Chekhanovich, Matthew Halpenny, Alice Jarry, Raphaëlle Kerbrat, Annie Leuridan, Vanessa Mardirossian, Asa Perlman, Philippe Vandal and Lucile Vareilles, with the collaboration of Louise Rustan (Light Design) and Théo Chauvirey, Corentin Loubet, Joséphine Mas and Simon Paugoy (technical support).

Similar to a film roll, a large bioplastic membrane is made up of several successive photograms. Rather than being the effect of a certain photographic framing, these quasi-images come from a slow form-taking process: the imprint of obsolete electronic display devices (flat screen, cables, computer and its peripherals).

Subtle light patterns animate the photograms and fluctuate according to the interference of residual energies captured on the building’s surfaces and heating/cooling pipes. The installation, in direct contact with the Pompidou’s infrastructure, configures an ecosystem where the image, which has become a material imprint, composes with different dimensions specific to its environment.


The project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); The Chaire arts & sciences of École polytechnique, École des Arts Décoratifs-PSL and the Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation; Hexagram – International Network Dedicated to Research-Creation in Media Arts, Design, Technology and Digital Culture; and Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology.