French Spirit
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French Spirit

multimedia installation
electric magnets | flag cards | red wine
2021
Exhibitions

Volonte 93 2021

With this piece the artist whimsically captures the mood of a country vacillating between unity and individuality. Behind an old cabinet’s stodgy, gilded exterior an assembly of cards toggles back and forth. Hand-painted in the colors of the French flag, the cards rock rythmically against their bumpers. For a while they line up in unison and the viewer may detect the sprightly pulse of the Marseilles, but eventually they fall out of step, as though losing interest, and each begins to follow its own beat. This pattern repeats again and again, as if the flags can’t decide between individuality or unity. Rather than blowing in the breeze, these flags are powered by an electromagnetic mechanism and guided by a microcomputer hiding beneath a crate on the floor. On top of the crate rests a bottle of wine, empty and dissolute, hinting at another source of energy for the waving of the Tricolore.

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