Sunday August 3, 2008
12:00am – 4:30pm
Calculating, classifying, and sorting are activities that reactivate what was just there, available.
Using different media, France Languérand interrogates the structures and systems of a selection of cultural objects, which popularity have turned into clichés and cultural commodities. Engaged in an obstinate relationship with the cultural product, the artist’s activities respond to her absolute need to tentatively set in order and understand a specific object through the structural organization of its components. The object is qualified, and then quantified until it disappears or, better, is re-qualified. Now, only identified through its constitutive elements, it takes new aspects that cancel out its narrative potentials. However, her research and activity keep a fundamental human scale, the calculation being made “by hand.” The repeated action and systematized time serve a method which, after being defined, has to be strictly respected as chief rule: no arrangement, no exemption is being possible. What would usually take a minute to be completed, using existing software; here can take weeks, even months of quiet effort. Relocating in real time the relationship with the object imposes as well a practical connection with it; while revealing the components of the object also negates, erases, and dissipates its mean.
For her “Welcoming Party,” France Languérand does not present her last pieces but the traces of the activities from which they have resulted; these activities being at the core of her works. As with her work, when the method is set, the activity begins and continues until it ends. The artist never knows how long it would take nor what the result is going to be. The pieces are always shown with the mention: activity, and frequently ends looking like account books. However, during this “Tondo Brunch,” the only visible “objects” will be the circular dishes that France Languérand prepared.
L’Etranger (from Camus The Stranger, best seller in France during its first publication)
Every letter and punctuation mark is counted and classified by alphabetic order. This same method is applied to every sentence, every chapter, every part, and finally to the entire book; thus resulting into four books.
Every pixel from every movie frame has been counted and then classified regarding their grayscale. This resulted in two movies:
In the first movie, there is a total of 161458 frames; pixels have been classified by grayscale for each individual frame.
In the second movie, the entire film contains 58087297135 pixels, which have been classified by grayscale.
Each musical note is counted and classified by note and/or value of time (systematically from the largest to the smallest).
In Track#1: Notes are classified by value of time, going up the scale from do1 to do5 (all do1 then all ré1 then all mi1 and so on. Inside a same group of notes, for example do1, notes are classified by value of time).
In Track#2: Notes are classified by value of time going up the scale from do1 to do5 (every time nine at first, then every time eight, and so on). Within a similar time, notes are classified by going up the scale (every time nine in do1at first, then every time nine in ré1, and so on)[.]
In Track#3: Notes are classified by name and then by value of time (all do1 by value of time first, then all do2, do3, then all ré1, all ré2, and so on).
In Track#4 : Notes are classified by value of time and then by name. (All do of time nine first, then all do of time eight. All the ré of time nine, and so on)
In order to reduce the risk that subjective enters interpretation, the partitions are played by software using the sound “grand piano.”
Poems (work in progress)
From an accumulation of found words, collected from whatever France reads, every letter of each word is given a numeral value (A=1, B=2, C=3…) and the global value of each word is calculated. The resulting poem is made from all the words that end with the same sum and same number of letters, which are organized by alphabetic order. The constitution of the verses also refers to the sum of the words: if the sum is 83, the first verse has 8 words, the second 3 verses, the third 8 words, and so on. Regularly new words are collected, there are yearly added to the last poems, which incessantly increases.
During her residency at HSF, France Languérand proposes two different projects. The first one concerns photographs obtained with a computer program that she created. The photographs are 16 777 216 pixels in size and each pixel corresponds to one color from the 16 777 216 numeric color scale. The second project is a sound piece using the basic chords that anyone must know before playing an instrument. The basic chords will become the material studied and manipulated for this project and result in the creation of an original musical composition.