Bernard Gigounon lives and works in Brussels.
In the upper half of the image of Starship the forces of gravity can be seen to weigh downwards, but in the bottom half it is the other way around. On the dividing line the opposite forces meet and neutralize each other, creating a situation of weightlessness. On this line, viewers will encounter a magical perception of the image, when their rational knowledge of 'what the eye can see' is at the same time confronted with its antipode. Starship alludes to the pictorial translation of weightless architecture that has been imprinted on our perception by science fiction. The objects are of unearthly perfection and suggest a vulnerable kind of inviolability. Details accumulate into a whole which shows that nothing has been overlooked, and which, majestically as the tall ships of old, glides along in the unruffled space. Simple image interventions (reflection and slow-motion) and an all-encompassing soundtrack of heavy, theatrical orchestra music complete the effect. You become aware that all you need to do to free yourself from earthly matters is looking at things 'with different eyes'.
In Standing Ovation the original soundtrack of a clip excerpted from Jean Renoir’s ’Une partie de campagne’ picturing a river under heavy rain has been exchanged by applauses in a concert hall that are now figurating the sound of the former sound of rain. The video was originally edited as part of an in situ installation during a concert by Martha Arge´rich at the Royal Music Academy. The audience was confronted with its own picture. Recorded and real times applauses were mixed during a magic instant when people in the audience were confronted with themselves as a full dimension of the installation aesthetically and formally.
ARGOS - Centre for Art & Media
NO Gallery Milano