Placed on the ground, a very large screen diffuses the image of a tombstone whose inscription is constantly being rewritten, as if it were still alive: its first name, dates and epitaph are modified, erased and then rewritten, often very quickly.
While the dead are those who, by definition, never respond anymore, Ungrave establishes the fiction of a zombie death, whose technology would have perverted the very principle and which would continue to bug ad vitam æternam, constantly questioning its existence and the best way to sum it up. The project evokes ironically the transhumanist ideology of an unlimited rewriting of life, where everything would still be possible, even after death. It is also a vision of hell, where traditionally the souls continue to wander and act, without never being able to get this over with or finding peace.
The name on the tombstone is alternatively John or Jane Doe. The date of death varies constantly, but the date of birth is always 2020, evoking a person who is somehow already promised to a “becoming-program”, in the Deleuzian sense of the term.
From 16 Dec. 2020 to 7 Mar. 2021
21 Bis Mirabeau
Espace Culturel Départemental, Aix-en-Provence
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Thierry Fournier’s work extends to the frontiers of the living to address questions of otherness, in the broadest sense: installations, objects, networked pieces, websites, videos, prints, performances. He is also an independent curator, editor and teacher. An architect by training (a graduate of the École nationale supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon), he was born in Lyon in 1960. He lives and works in the Paris area.
Recent solo shows include University of Montpellier III in 2020 and 2019, Aperto Montpellier 2020, CAPA Aubervilliers 2018, Villa Henry Nice 2018, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis 2017, Lux Scène nationale de Valence 2015.
Thierry Fournier teaches at Sciences Po Paris and is also artistic director of the antiAtlas Journal. He was a guest artist-professor at Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, in 2017-2018.
Produced by Thierry Fournier with the support of CHRONIQUES, Biennale of Digital Imagination.