Laurene Bois-Mariage: Chance Encounters exhibition at Photographic Centre Nykyaika 4.7.-27.7.2020.
Opening times Mon-Fri at 12-18, Sat-Sun at 12-16.
Chance Encounters is a mixed media installation of an appropriative nature, editing and gathering samples from various sources.
It alludes to a line from french poet Compte de Lautréamont: “Beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissection table” (1869), later made famous by Surrealists as a manifesto of their techniques of automatism and free association.
This is with such a freedom that the installation commingles edited fragments of security signs and safety instructions, with an animated gif made after Eadweard J. Muybridge s photographs of a flying cockatoo, colored tree branches, small animal-shaped safety reflectors and a piece of music extracted from an assembly tutorial video.
In the way Surrealism deals with the sense of absurdity, Chance Encounters confusingly blends utopian and dystopian patterns in, as if to convey an increasing feel of uncertainty that our fast-changing society and its crises continuously nurture.
When the accumulation of security measures and signs better brings about anxiety than reassurance. When french Yellow Vests movement makes safety equipment become emblematic of popular protest. When the bird flight recalls that species may inevitably move toward their own disappearance.