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HAPPENINGText: Vincent Vella

Anyway, let’s talk about my two favorite pieces in this show… Discovered by John Maeda, Justin Manor (born in 1978) offers one of them: an interactive installation called “Key Grip”. It combines both the entertainment and the expressive possibilities of television and video gaming into one single platform. The user can manipulate live media streams into a fully three dimensional environment via a game pad. Video can be scratched, looped, and extruded into an expansive virtual space with the game pad controls. By editing and creating all the effects in realtime, the user is engaged in a way that has not been possible since the dawn of cinema and TV.

View of the exhibition J’en Rêve, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2005

My other love at the first sight: Camille Henrot (born in 1978) who shows a very nice video named “Les Matins”. She only draws elegant black and white little things on some filmed sequences, and it creates an oneiric atmosphere, really soothing and refreshing. A “must see” and probably the proposal that synthesizes this exhibition: a way to capture the energy and promise of youth.

J’en Rêve
Date: June 24th – October 30th, 2005
Open: 11:00 – 20:00 (Closed on Mondays)
Place: Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain
Address: 261 Boulevard Raspail, 75014 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 4218 5650

Text: Vincent Vella
Photos: André Morin, Courtesy of Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris © the artists

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