As I watched the clouds float by, the night came

Project for 2019

photo Olivier Naudin

“Besides, it never used to be right to mend clothes.
Throw them away when they’ve got holes in them and buy new[…]. Mending’s anti-social.”
Aldous Huxley, Brave new world

The idea to create this project came from a personal desire to speak about our ways of living. It is our way to analyse if we are really committed to changing the world or if we are allowing ourselves to be carried away by our habits. Do we really need everything we consume? Where does our rubbish end up? Do we have more rights to this planet and to use its resources than any other life form? In our view, ecology, a word that is obscene for some and at the same time just another business model for others, is actually essential. Seeing that we have very likely entered the Anthropocene, the new geological epoch created by humans that has changed life on Earth forever, it is up to us to find new ways of living before we are overtaken by it.

With this project we are looking to represent the relationship between humans and environment and the belief in its never ending resources; the obsolescence of the body and the replacement of the old by the new; and innovation as presented as the only hope in a world that is collapsing. For us, the concept of obsolescence is a tool that helps understanding the paradox of the development, where we are caught between the end and the dream of the infinite. The Obsolescence of Man by Günther Anders will be the starting point of a journey that will take us to our vision of our planet in a foreseeable future.

As I watched the clouds float by, the night came will be a a poetic, dark and tragicomic show where a speaking Minitel, the French machine that was once the precursor to the Internet, will be last witness of human existence. Technological development, the key to the continuity to our species, will have arrived to a dead end. The phantom presences of a domesticated sloth and a woman in search of the lost Amazon will play with the signs of the Anthropocene. We will invite the spectator to a universe where visual metaphors and multimedia devices will show through an unexpected angle the impact of our contemporary issues in humanity’s fate.

We will play with our tendency to believe that if we do not see it, then it does not exist. And that we will continue to watch the clouds floating by until the night will finally come.

 

This project is currently in its development phase and it already counts with the support of  Anis Gras (Arcueil, France) and Le Lieu Multiple (Poitiers, France).