An Analysis for The Romantic COndition
A large video projection and soundwork, sometimes accompanied by hundreds of ice hearts melting into large puddles small rivulets.
I notice that my hands are leaking, as though I have dozens of small cuts.
Someone wipes away the blood, holding both of my hands with a large white towel.
The flow of blood stops for a while and then slowly starts to leak again
Several hundred ice hearts were installed at Centre d'art Passerelle Passerelle, soon melting into large pools of water throughout the space. Preparation, fabricating and storing the ice hearts had been ongoing for months before.
In an alcove a large video projection of a mutating heart with a soundwork combining a gregorian chant, fragmetns of narration, and pools of collected sound.
(2001) Great River Arts Institute New Hampshire, director Cynthia Reeves
(2003) Centre d'art Passerelle, Brest France, director/curator Chantal Bideau,
(2006) Darling Foundry, Montréal, Canada: gallery director Caroline Andrieux, guest curator, Manon Blanchette.
(2009) mobile version for smartphones
René Viau, critic, Montréal/Paris: ... Besides the hearts, the projections give a particular place to deep views of a frozen surface; the sound recording of snow and ice turning into water drops; a musical aria; a recording of cardiovascular rhythms. In spite of their nearly clinical aspect, the painterly aesthetic of these organs is simply bewitching. These "true-false" digitized hearts present a paradoxical double status of "objets d’art " and of organic clones. These painted hearts evolve and implode, coming up against an elementary physical principle that takes place in front of them "in real time ", according to the Internet current expression. The frozen hearts are melting and become water!
Somewhere between permanent and transitory, between potential and real, between mimetic achievements drawn from technology and a simple "natural " physical process of transformation and loss, the echoed significance of this installation is suggested through multiple prevailing contradictions. Contradictory fragments of a secret loving conversation. Sections of "dematerialized" bodies and very commonplace water leaks. A technical and scientific potentiality and a prosaic reality. Artificial alchemy of life or ordinary observation. Illusions and breaking off of illusion. Beware. Minefield underground!"