les télépathes

claire williams

Electro-mechanical installation, glass, magnets, copper, light, electronics

The Telepaths is an installation that takes as a field of exploration the states of sleepiness, drowsiness, hypnotic or comatose.

Telepaths is an installation that takes as its field of exploration the states of drowsiness, hypnotic or comatose. Forty-five glass sculptures, in a wide range of length and diameter, rest in the center of a large flat disk. Like the long test tubes used in scientific laboratories, they are assembled on their base, like buildings that would populate a ghost town, between light and darkness. Each of the forms is crossed by luminescent flows and sounds that are intermittently activated and seem to want to communicate with us. To feed this strange language, Claire Williams collected from a neuroscience research center a set of data related to the brain activity of people in a deep coma state. Then, inspired by the protocols set up in the second half of the 19th century to study the transmission of thought, she materialized them in sound and light vibrations by means of a thick network of hand-woven copper wires. The whole installation pulses to the rhythm of the electromagnetic spectra of men or machines that go into a state of wakefulness and leave for other worlds. In this quivering life that tries to reveal the invisible, the work questions the materiality of our consciousness while keeping a part of mystery.

© Claire Williams
© Claire Williams

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Claire Williams (BEL)

The artworks of Claire Williams take the form of woven antennas, glass sculptures filled with plasma or devices that sense the invisible.

Data of radio telescopes and scanners materialise themselves in knitted stitches, sound vibrations or through luminous plasma. She sculpts her electronic components to make visible the electromagnetic movements from the cosmos, through our magnetosphere, to radio waves that cross our terrestrial environment or the ones emanating from our bodies.

She is currently working on the exploration of ether, at the cross roads of experimental and occult science practices. In this way she explores our relationship to the world of the invisible and their instruments by reviving abandoned leads of certain scientific and researches of the mid 19th century.

Crédits & mentions

Production : Plateforme CHRONIQUES CRÉATIONS, with the support of the Région sud, the City of Marseille and the French Institut. 

Co-production : Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Secteur Arts Numériques, with the support of the Vasarely Foundation, Aix-en Provence.