Text by Grégory Lasserre & Anaïs met den Ancxt
Most of our artworks offer poetic and original social stagings for meetings and collective experiences. We use technology in our creations in order to suggest a kind of ‘poetry of life’. Technologies allow us to draw sensory relations, and to generate unpredictable and living interactions. Our works come from possible hybridizations between the living world and technology which meeting points incite us to invent sensitive and poetic languages.
‘Rencontres imaginaires’ (Imaginary meetings) presents a staging which creates an ambiguity between a real physical space and a virtual space made of augmented reflections and gives the illusion of a deformed reality.
This installation is made of a camera and a screen presented like a mirror. When a visitor enters into the room, he/she is faced to the interactive mirror screen reflects his/her body and face. Virtual faces and hands are attracted slowly by this reflection and are trying to touch him, to catch him, to avoid him, to surprise him…When visitor goes away, the hands and face disappear. They reappear with other behaviors when a new person comes.
The contact is virtual but gives strange real feelings for the viewer. He/she can be amused, annoyed, or expresses some pleasure. The virtual hands and faces appear in black and white superimposed with the image of the viewer. This device gives the illusion of a ghostly troubling reality. Digital technology we use shows an image that reminds the first tricks of cinema such as the illusion technique used by Georges Méliès.
Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt are two artists work together as a duo under the name Scenocosme. They develop the concept of interactivity in their artworks by using art, technology, sounds and architecture. They mix art and digital technology in order to find substances of dreams, poetries, sensitivities and delicacies. They also explore invisible relationships with our environment : they can feel energetic variations of living beings. They design interactive artworks, and choreographic collective performances, in which spectators share extraordinary sensory experiences.
Their interactive artworks were presented at ZKM Karlsruhe Centre for Art and Media (Germany), at Museum Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Canada), at Villa Romana of (Firenze), at Daejeon Museum of Art (Korea), at Bòlit / Centre d’Art Contemporani (Girona) and in several international biennals and digital art festivals.