Remote Memories – exploring tensions in slowness

Remote Memories – exploring tensions in slowness

Remote Memories is a new project by Yannick Jacquet, in collaboration with composer Laurent Delforge (Before Tigers). Remote Memories is a polyptych in panoramic format, a large canvas of video and sound. This highly pictorial work resists immediate apprehension; rather it needs to be observed a moment, contemplated in order to grasp its minor details. Textures are superimposed and interlaced, creating atmospheres that vibrate with neither line nor contour – a sort of “sfumato video.” The image that seems fixed at first is criss-crossed by almost imperceptible waves, like a brownian movement that shakes a gas’s particles. Glimmers, colours, shapes unknown or anxious seem to emerge and disappear as if glimpsed through thick fog.

Remote Memories from ANTIVJ is a visual label on Vimeo.

The soundtrack broadcasted through a series of 11 vibration speakers makes use of the canvas’ wooden panels as a sound box. Just like its visual counterpart, it is composed of vibrant textures superimposed on one another and creating a “drone” that alternates between brooding moods and more luminous sounds.

There is no question of audio-reactivity here since the images and sounds evolve at their own rhythm, mixing, losing ground, drifting, letting chance and coincidence create new interactions endlessly.

The installation Remote Memories invites the gaze to pause and apprehend the impossibility of immobility in an age where data is overabundant.

Remote Memories & the Six Cycles Orchestra - performance view

Remote Memories & the Six Cycles Orchestra – performance view

Remote Memories & the Six Cycles Orchestra

Remote Memories & the Six Circles Orchestra is a performance work adapted from the installation Remote Memories.

Before Tigers (Laurent Delforge) uses 6 turntables to play a collection of custom-made handcut vinyls with locked grooves, conjuring up an abstract composition by adding in or stripping out harmonies and textures to paint a soundscape in conversation with the work’s visual element. Images and sounds develop at their own unique rhythm as the sound and visual loops form intricate layers, intertwine, shift, and fall out of sync, triggering in nite new interactions at random.

The musical composition is spatialised by means of a unique setup combining standard speakers and transducers, or vibrating speakers, creating an echo chamber that encompasses the screen polyptych and the surrounding space. The installation and the live performance explore the tensions engendered by a certain conception of slowness, inviting the viewer to engage in contemplation.

Over the last few years, Yannick Jacquet’s twofold research into colour and the notions of time and natural cycles has led him to flesh out a new paradigm: slowness. Slowness as one possible path to the urgently needed restoration of sensibility.

Remote Memories (installation + performance)
Scopitone festival, Nantes (Fr)
20-24 September

More dates to be announced soon.



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