FILS A RETORDRE
production : association Courteline, Metazone TV, Nuit Blanche 2008, Mairie du quatrième arrondissement de Paris.
"Fils à retordre" is a piece about biometrics and crowd dynamics. In
the corner of a dark room, an interactive interface allows people to
scan one of their fingerprints which is recorded by the machine. In the
opposite corner of the room, a sensor detects and records the movement
of the eye during a given period. The fingerprint and the video of the
eye are projected in real-time on a circular screen located on the
floor in the centre of the room. The light coming out of the beamer is
diffracted through a silk helicoidal structure reminding of DNA.
fingerprint is then animated with a repetitive movement following the
motion of an eye so as to pair the tracks of two visitors and create little by little a
crowd of animated fingerprints. This animation is to be seen in the
field of vision during the motion capture of the eye, which creates
visual feedback since the eye is usually following the previous
animations. The group of fingerprints first show chaotic movements
which then seem to organize to show collective tendancies, repeated
routes and stillness spots. These temporary biometric creatures little
by little create an organic crowd. Each eye/finger couple is displayed
until the whole screen is overcrowded. Data is then definitively
destroyed to leave blank space for new visitors.
The prints we
leave in our environment are recorded and recycled by the machine to
produce a new, complex and moving kind of print which is no longer
suitable for biometric analysis. The projected images are gathered to
create a plastic memory of the previous visitors. This tracks are then
reshaped by the new visitors. The progress suggested in this
installation questions the relationships between individual and group.
Biometry aims at reducing the individual identity to a sum of set,
measurable and determined characters. Thus we propose to anybody to
engage in a process of identification and self recycling through game
To be found here the entire program and the press pack of La Nuit Blanche 2008 Métazone : "Cycle
et recyclage : énergie de l'éphémère".