Clara Bonnes

Retranscrire la distance entre soi et l’autre

In production from 26 to 30 April 2010


This residency will continue the investigation begun with “Médium”, an ambulatory video installation, in the form of digital prints.

The original installation saw viewers explore the areas bordering the exhibition space, object-screen-videos in hand. Pre-recorded video sequences showed a young woman, shot from behind, silently walking through parks, buildings and alleyways. For the duration of this walk viewers experienced a sense of proximity through the video image held in their hand. The subject never turned around, however, eluding our gaze and acting out our desire for, or fear of, real contact with a stranger in a public space.

The goal of the present project is to reproduce the mise en scène of the viewer’s voyeuristic desire using only digital images. The experience of a mobile and temporal work will give way to that of fixed, two-dimensional images. The challenge consists in preserving the physical involvement of the viewer, like a spatialised assertion of the desire for contact with, proximity to and perception of the other. Images taken from earlier video sequences will be used to carry out image resolution and format tests in Daïmon’s digital printing studio in order to determine various ratios and scales which can be used to produce images which will impose on the viewer the physical distance necessary to viewing them. The closer one gets to the image and the more the grain of the image interferes with a reading of the whole, the further one will back away from them and the sharper and at the same time more distant the image will become.

Retranscrire la distance entre soi et l’autre

In production from 26 to 30 April 2010

This residency will continue the investigation begun with “Médium”, an ambulatory video installation, in the form of digital prints.

The time spent in production will be like an exercise in letting go of all technological means secondary to the goal of the project: to create a space for concentration which will make possible a subsequent stage to the installation “Médium”.

The artist extends her warm thanks to the staff of Daïmon, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

Clara Bonnes obtained a bachelor’s degree in the aesthetics and science of art at Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne in 2000 and a master’s degree in visual and media arts at UQAM in 2005. She has served as a board member at the Montreal artist-run centre DARE-DARE and as acting director of Champ Libre and is interested in the various contexts in which art is disseminated and viewed. In her work she has explored the portrait genre, most recently in the form of video installations. She is presently a member of the board of directors of the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques and management assistant at the Samuel Lallouz gallery. Her current interests concern the development of the media art market.   


Clara Bonnes, Image 2