le silence des particules

guillaume cousin


CHRONIQUES Production 2018

This artwork is singular,it does not exist outside its exhibi- tion time; it is a smoke sculpture.

At the bottom of the space an imposing machine renders visible an air movement by forming a ring of smoke that travels through space and time. The spectator is invited to contemplate. Time is writing. The time for which each ring exists is the equivalent of a word. There are the great fragile ones, the small, dense, fleeting ones, the grand ones which move slowly and with ma jesty, Mr.Perfect, the twins, the collisions…These words constitute a sentence that is repeated in a 20-minute cycle, and the machine repeats the instructions precisely to produce the rings, which, in their travels, challenge the randomness of reality.

The silence of the particles invites us to sense the emp- tiness that surrounds us, to widen our circle of perception, to highlight that everything is interaction. We observe millions of particles moving in coherence, forming a body, a body in its own time – and is this why this form feels so familiar to us?

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10 nov. – 15 déc. 2018

Le Silence des Particules, Guillaume Cousin, Biennale of Digital Imagination 2018

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Guillaume Cousin (FRA)

The artist describes himself as an ‘experimental builder’. HelivesandworksinVendée.GuillaumeCousinconducts artistic research in the performing arts as a stage designer and lighting designer. This field has led him to making scenographic work which is often close to the plastic arts.At the same time,he conducts research work related to quantum physics, which takes the form of post-digital installations questioning our perception of matter and time, amidst the immense chains of action and reaction of which our world is made.


This artwork is a creation of the Chroniques production and distribution platform.
Coproduction Le Grand R Scène National de la Roche sur Yon, L’experience Harmaat – fabrice LAMBERT.

Distribution : Théâtre National du Liberté – Toulon,Constel- lation numérique – La Roche-sur-Yon, Interstices – Caen