Musée de l'Elysée

Installation projet for «La Nuit des Images 2018»
Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne
 
A motion sensor camera placed at the entry of the cave films the space in real-time. A projector transmits this image with a few seconds of time delay to a screen placed at the far end of the room. The idea is to create an infinite regress of the time continuum where the past and the future overlap in a multi-dimensional present. An impression of reversing time, and thus, space. The video footage is projected with a time-shift so as to provoke a loss of reference, a certain disorientation, in the spectator who is seeing and following an infinite number of versions of himself.
The audio of the film will be played backwards and transmitted in real time to reveal an impression of space-time dislocation. The system, as it is set up, will be capturing ephemeral portraits that question the notion of Infinity through movement and repetition.
 
For this installation, the essence of the work is the place in presence of the event (here, the spectator) without whom nothing will happen. If nobody enters the cave, there is no movement, the system isn’t activated and time remains suspended. Nothing happens. It is the Event that creates Time, and by analogy, the existence of physical matter and its image (however fleeting) in perpetual motion.