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6. CONSTELLATIONS

Joanie Lemercier (France/Belgium)

Location: Baths Bridge

A fascinating abstract journey through the story of the universe, uniting vectorial, monochromatic aesthetics with electronic soundscapes.

Using elements of the environment – water, light and wind – Constellations takes us from the heart of a black hole into deep space, travelling via planets and stars to the limits of the universe. This three-dimensional audiovisual exploration of the cosmos will present a fantastic spectacle that moves between different scales and perspectives, inviting us to contemplate our place in the universe. Accompanied by the electronic soundscapes of producer Paul Jebanasam, Constellations explores the way technology modifies our perception of the world.

 

Concept and creation: Joanie Lemercier

Music: Paul Jebanasam (Eidolons track used by permission from Multiverse Media Publishing and Subtext Recordings)

Additional code: Kyle McLean

Studio Joanie Lemercier:

Co-direction: Juliette Bibasse

Technical development: Martin Pirson

Production : Nicolas Roziecki

Originally commissioned by: University of Bristol / Watershed

About Joanie Lemercier

Joanie Lemercier is a French visual artist and environmental activist whose work explores human perception through the manipulation of light in space. Working primarily with light projection and computer programming, Lemercier transforms the appearance of everyday objects and forms, bending reality to his imagination. His work transcends the flat surface, extending dimensionality through the interplay of light and shadow on materials such as wood, glass, paper, ceramics, textiles and water.

Lemercier has been working with projected light since 2006 and co-founded the acclaimed visual label AntiVJ with artists Yannick Jacquet, Romain Tardy and Olivier Ratsi in 2008. He has been represented by a New York based gallery since 2010. Focusing his practice on installations and gallery work, he has been exhibited around the globe in institutions such as the China Museum of Digital Art in Beijing, Art Basel Miami, Sundance Film Festival, Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid. He collaborates with several sound artists: Murcof, Flying Lotus, JayZ, Before Tigers, Thomas Vaquié. Since founding his creative studio in Brussels in 2013, co-directed by Juliette Bibasse, Lemercier has been developing ever more ambitious installations, gallery pieces, and research experiments that expand the creative possibilities of projected light in space. In recent years, he has sought to completely dematerialise the projection surface, working with transparent materials and water mist.

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Image credit: Constellations, Studio Joanie Lemercier. Photo by Josephine Brueder, Ville de Paris

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