Friday 4th September, 2015
4:00pm to 4:45pm
“As far as I can remember, I feel that I really started to create pictures when I stopped using flat canvas only, may it be a screen or a sheet of paper.
Of course, in addition to the fictional space inherent to any image, there is an actual, physical space within the screen or the sheet of paper. However, the distance between the surface and the body of the viewer always appeared to me as an impassable ocean — even if these two elements are only distant from a few meters.
I started to notice that for some odd reason, adding physical distance between the spectator and the artwork could increase their proximity. The picture comes from the physical experience of being there. These pictures are not only visible through the eyes, but through the whole body. What’s outside the frame matters as much as what’s inside the frame. The frame, as well as the technical device, disappear.”
The installations of Romain Tardy, which often use the technique of videomapping, are conceived as tangible experiences in situ and use light as a way to enhance existing architecture or original structures. By examining our relationship to reality as we are confronted by computer imagery and the social changes that it triggers, as well as the way that digital technology is situated in public space,Tardy’s installations seek to evoke these current issues through a poetic approach.
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