WE ARE NOT GOD I – Les astronomes – Transhumanism
WE ARE NOT GOD I – Vidéo 2018. 15min
Behind closed doors, Christian, a neuroscientist working on trans-humanism, is interviewed.
Claire, the young filmmaker reveals her own artistic issues in order to take Christian with her so that she can capture him in a moment of truth.
“Les Astronomes” (short film)
Projection using the codes of the short film, the Astronomers, also the name of the exhibition, is the keystone of Vidyakélie’s new project. Les Astronomes is nourished by his pictorial, graphic or numerical practice, which questions the allegorical representations of the human condition: Les Vanités.
Les Astronomes proposes a closed door between three characters: two audiovisual professionals, the director of the film and her lighting designer on the one hand and a scientist working on Transhumanism on the other hand. As the scientist’s subject demands a theoretical requirement at the risk of popularization, the interview turns into an aesthetic and philosophical reflection on the representation of this process.
In Vermeer’s painting, the astronomer is absorbed by his task, he leaves no room for the viewer, the paradox of this reference is that the epicenter of Vidyakelie’s work is at the opposite end. The three characters forget their tasks to concentrate on an interaction, they question themselves.
The Astronomer has often been linked to The Geographer, a work mistakenly cited by the character of Claire, and these two paintings have long been considered as forming a coherent diptych. They are both of the same size and were painted at the same time. Even if this hypothesis has been refuted, these two works present some interesting similarities. Together, they are the only two isolated male representations of Vermeer. The composition and chromatic choices very close to these two paintings, make these works a secular derivative of the theme of Saint-Jérôme under study. This particularity is also present in the exhibition where each work has the function of fitting into the other, significant also in the projection where a work on the mise en abîme is also present.
Text written by Didier Clain.
Directed by Vidya-Kélie
With Ana Torralbo, Augustin Jacob, Julien Béramis.
Marc Obin in image and light
Mamzelle’ Mo in costumes
Carla Sabotier script
Emmanuelle Lhomme, Malo and Eve le Fessant Electro-machino Assistants
Isabelle Desalos Assistant Director and Stage Manager
Lola Venet at the decoration
Judicaël Michel at the sound
Mathieu Guignaudeau at the hairdressing salon
Lucie Marot at the make up.
Writing and editing: Vidya-Kélie
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