Ariane Michel, "La Rhétorique des marées", photographie de tournage, 2015 ; courtesy de l’artiste et de la galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris
In her project The Rhetoric of Tides, Ariane Michel takes an organic, evolving cinematic approach to investigating the role of the artist in the light of Nature’s differing scales and movements.
Last summer Michel curated a venture on the wild coast of Esquibien, in Finistère, Brittany: an invitation to 21 artists to create works on the shoreline, at the frontier between ocean and land.* Exposed to the elements, this exhibition provided her raw material: on the fringe of this public event she brought something like a scientist’s eye to filming the artists as they moved about the landscape, from their arrival on the beach to the completion of their pieces. She then continued her visual recording of the exhibition’s ongoing transformations.
Her video installation at La Criée is a concentrate of the event and its multiple time frames. Those of the artists: their bodies, actions and respiration. Those of the works: fleeting performances, fragile creations soon swept away, and more enduring constructions. But also the time frames of everything making up the setting in space-time contexts other than our own: granite, crabs, lichen, the swell of the sea, and so on – a host of custodians imbuing the place with their varied scales. As is her wont, Ariane Michel made her film by adopting their point of view. From the level of a limpet or a winkle, during the lifespan of a broom leaf, obeying the edginess of egrets or the indifference of stone, she has chosen here to reveal and intensify the vertigo triggered by bringing all these states of being together with what the artists are doing. Thus she takes the viewer on an intuitive sensory journey whose shifting points of view can lead him or her to a change of paradigm, and even of skin.
* The Rhetoric of Tides - vol. 1, 5 July – 30 September 2015, at Esquibien, Brittany, with: Virginie Barré, Julien Bismuth, Michel Blazy, Florence Doléac, Ellie Ga, Dominique Ghesquière, Jacques Julien, Martin Le Chevallier, Natalia Lopez, Dominique Mahut, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Bruno Peinado, Steven Pennaneac’h, Abraham Poincheval, Hugues Reip, Pascal Rivet, Benjamin Rivière, Éric Thomas, Gurvan Tymen and Jean-Luc Verna.
Curator: Sophie Kaplan
La Rhétorique des marées is coproduced by Ariane Michel, A Perte de Vue and La Criée centre d’art contemporain
with the support of Frac Bretagne, région Bretagne, CNAP, Drac Bretagne – ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, fonds de dotation agnès b. and city of Esquibien.