Avancée Immobile is a kinetic and sound installation that uses diffuse light to create an immersive environment in which the viewer occupies a central place.
Presented in a dark environment, bathed in an artificial fog, the piece delimits a space composed of large frames suspended by cables at man’s height and arranged one behind the other (between 10 and 20 frames) and arranged one behind the other.
The light, while traversing the frames, unfolds in a wave form from one end to the other of the the other of the space. By simulating a movement, it projects the shadows of the frames and the spectators in the space, it plays on the phenomenon of the retinal persistence. The contrast of black and white generates effects of transparency and opacity around and inside the frames, causing a loss of perception of space.
The spectator is caught in a back and forth game of appearance / disappearance at the very heart of this immersive device that plays with time and space, with what is seen and what will not be seen will no longer be seen.
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French visual artist. Lives and works in Grand Paris. Olivier Ratsi (b.1972) creates site-specific art and immersive installations using light and mapping video projections. In his work he explores reality, time, space and matter as a series of intangible informative notions. Focusing on the experience of reality and its representations, as well as the perception of space, he conceives works that encourage the viewer to question their own interpretation of what is real.
Ratsi’s works are not specifically aimed to unleash emotions or to perturb the senses, but rather to work as a catalyst for different points of view and cultural and psychological references. As part of his process, Ratsi creates systems that deconstruct spatio-temporal reference points. Fascinated with the vanishing point and the role of optical perspective in the history of art, from his meticulous studies of spatial representation, combined with technical and scientific knowledge, Ratsi is able to understand and distort the perception of space: “I override perspective conventions in order to break with the ‘normality’ in front of us — that which seems obvious at first glance. Challenging perspective allows me to ask questions on many different levels about our own perceptions.”
Ratsi is known as one of the co-founders and former member of the artist collective AntiVJ. Now working as a solo artist, he has had solo and group exhibitions around the world, including at Denise René Gallery and Charlot Gallery, Paris, FR; Atsuko gallery, Tokyo, JP; Puerta Roja, Hong Kong, HK; and Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh, US. His works have been exhibited in museums including OCT Museum, Shanghai, CN; K11 Art Village, Wuhan, CN; D-Museum, Seoul, KR; and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung,TW. His works have been presented at numerous festivals and events including Elektra, Mutek and International Digital Arts Biennial, Montreal, CA; Biennale Némo, Mirage and Bains Numériques, FR.
Creation readapted from the CHRONIQUES CREATIONS platform, in coproduction with Lieux Publics, national center and European pole of creation for the public space.
Conception, realization, sound creation : Olivier Ratsi.
Original creation from the exhibition Heureux soient les fêlés, car ils laisseront passer la lumière, Monographic exhibition 2021 / Paris, France.
Curator : Jos Auzende for the Gaité