Dead end

Installation

Dead end

© Théodora Barat et Le Fresnoy – Studio national, Tourcoing. Photo: Olivier Anselot

Thee darkened room and the cell enable one to drift, to wander subjectively. It is in this fully invested inner territory that Dead end takes place. The metallic sculpture comes both from the abandoned industrial monument and the futurist construction, the start of fantastic progress of the edication of a modernist mirage; hybrid architecture striving to rise up but also to deconstruct, to gradually deteriorate.

There is a contradictory tension, a dual movement due to the structure itself, which is reminiscent of rocket launch pads, exploring verticality but which also opens up the subterranean space in its fall, swallowed up by the ground. A contradictory movement of expansion and withdrawal, of development and disappearance to the sporadic rhythm of light, the pulsing of which gives life and body to the structure. A mysterious investing of the deserted space, swept and probed by a watchtower or stray light. This is all indicative of intriguing resounding, industrial or criminal activity in the obscurity. The bright light pursues the elusive presence (of the stalker? the spectator?), in a discontinuous exploration where a part of the work hides itself.

Bénédicte Dacquin (Excerpt)

Production: Le Fresnoy


Melun, France, 1985

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