Révolution Péripherique


Révolution Périphérique at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco.
Installation view, "Mise en abyme," Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, USA, 2010. Photo by Bull.Miletic.

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  • 2010
  • two-channel video installation
  • NTSC, color
  • stereo sound
  • ch1: 52’37” loop
  • ch2: 56’52” loop

In the installation, the viewer is set on an endless journey in a constant velocity, traversing Boulevard Périphérique simultaneously in both directions. Boulevard Périphérique, a dual-carriageway ring road circumventing Paris, was built in the early 1970s on the empty premises left undeveloped upon obliteration of the city’s defense wall. It is the generally accepted boundary between the city proper and the suburbs, as it is situated along the city’s administrative limit. The Boulevard is one of the busiest roads on the planet and notorious for its congestions. Thus, the lightness of the traffic and the uninterrupted circulation in the videos borders with a surreal spectacle.

The two high-contrasted unsynchronized videos are displayed on two monitors horizontally aligned in the room. Channel 1 (left projection) shows the Boulevard’s Extérieur loop colored red and channel 2 (right projection) shows the Intérieur loop colored blue. Both videos show the view from the driver’s perspective, reinforcing the notion of camera as a vehicle. The two channels are juxtaposed in a way to facilitate a continuous “collision” of the exterior and the interior, enabling the simultaneous view of both directions on the beltway. The video loops mirror the physical loop of the Boulevard, constructing a metaphorical space in a perpetual present. The reduction of the color spectrum in the videos to red and blue alludes to a political stage where the argument between two hypothetical ideologies takes place. Through seemingly different rhetoric, the viewer is taken into a peripheral revolution without the ability to pinpoint a meaning or make a particular decision.

A custom-made 12” vinyl disc comprised of unattended concentric grooves provides the "soundtrack" for the installation. The turntable needle remains trapped in one of the groves similarly to the endlessly looping journey on the beltway. The crackling sound of the disc increases with time as dust from the room continues to settle in the grooves.

Révolution Périphérique is supported by Ingrid Lindbäck Langaard foundation and Billedkunstnernes Vederlagsfond.

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