Production le Fresnoy, studio national des arts contemporains
“Poised midway between the unvisualizable cosmic vastness of curved spacetime and the dubious shadowy flickerings of charged quanta, we human beings, more like rainbows and mirages than like raindrops or boulders, are unpredictable self-writing poems - vague, metaphorical, ambiguous, sometimes exceedingly beautiful.” I Am a Strange Loop, Douglas R. Hofstadter
The interactive installation Je(u), which was made possible by an elaborate mathematical process, transforms our perception of a “self” into a fleeting, inconstant, ephemeral figure. The complexity of the software used for the project is inversely proportional to the evanescence of what happens when the viewer walks through the delimited space of the installation. Indeed, as we walk towards the installation, we discover, projected on a screen, a movement of particles that seem to follow the movements of the air around our body. Then, our somewhat blurred image appears furtively before dissolving into the swirl of particles in the air and finally landing on the ground, joining those of other visitors who have been here before us, in a perpetual movement of time and space.