‘The Light and the Heavy’ collected tales from Hungary by Sophie Durand and Magali Rifflart-Villeneuve is presented as a multi-media installation and a book of the same name. These stories: a journey through shared experiences and dreams in Hungary oscillate between the felt, the imagined and the experienced.
Sophie Durand is an interdisciplinary artist from Perth, Western Australia. Durand’s practice extends from the intersection of sculpture and performance art. Durand’s work draws from anecdotal histories and archives for subject
Magali Rifflart-Villeneuve is a French artist based in Paris, whose practice explores the connection between altered states of consciousness and the act of creation. Rifflart-Villeneuve uses paintings, photography, writing, video and multimedia installations provoke a destabilization of the perception and to arouse an unconscious ecstasy.
Words with Friends was born in a café in
Vienna when a conceptual artist from Belgium and a writer from Australia sat down to a game of Boggle. They never actually figured out how to play, but a love of narrative and a strong desire to take things out of context lead to the works you see in these pages.
In this collaborative work, the idea of
text as both an object and experience is central, proposing the notion of
reading as indivisible from the act of reading. The reader—as positioned in
time, space and experientality-is fore-fronted through an approach that draws
from the strengths of the two artists’ disciplines. The result is a body of
work where text, narrative and context combine to create something more than
the sum of their parts.
On Friday, September 2nd, 2016, Michael and
Sam created a performance piece at the D’CLINIC studios in Zalaegerszeg,
Hungary. This performance was the result of a month-long artist residency
called MiXER, wherein the two artists, from Edmonton, Canada, and Taipei,
Taiwan, respectively, were brought together to create a collaborative
exhibition that combines traditional and new media.
Through this performance, the artists
explored the idea of the false identities that people create using modern technology, such as Photoshop and social media. These technological advancements allow people to alter their appearance and falsify their identities in order to create the persona that they wish the world to see as opposed to presenting their true selves. This creates a sense of self-satisfaction that is both temporary and false, yet serves to fill the emotional gap created by the sense of alienation inherent in an increasingly impersonal society that relies on the instant approval of others that social media provides.
This concept was explored through live
painting and real-time mapping. During the performance, Michael painted over a
projected image of himself, which Sam then photographed and project onto
Michael using the computer program open Frameworks. Both the painting and
projection were built up in layers until the original photograph of Michael was
indistinguishable. The final piece was a live sculpture with a projection of
the many layers of the painting. The live sculpture was ephemeral, lasting only
the duration of the exhibition, thereby representing the temporary satisfaction
of creating a false identity through the use of modern technology. The remaining
piece was a painting, which served as a relic of the performance just as social
media acts as a memento of the false identities that people present to the