I started art studies after having experienced different alternative lifestyles. For a long period I lived in a van, with the city as playground, choosing the background set for my day depending on where I parked and then composing whatever came up next through who I would meet or life’s inherent hazards. This way of living within the world infused to my artistic propositions a taste for movement, the undefined and all the possibilities of mutations, surprises, reversibility that it contains.
This choice of living draws its resources from ingeniousness (theory by Michel de Certeau in L’invention du quotidien), shared knowledge and the DIY philosophy. This expression of resourcefulness and DIY has mutated recently with the development of new technologies, the multitude of online resources going from tutorials to wikipedia, emergence of places like hackerspaces that offers exchanges of resources and competences around often complex skills, license-free programs and open source materials.
Since the Stochastic project my way of doing is based on these open-source practices for the multitude of artistic potential that they allow as well as for the capability they have to invent new economical patterns both participatory and solidarity-driven, a place where the knowledge of each person is valued in order to build together.
My work probes and digests the different shapes, the various typologies of violence.
I take hold of archetypes such as weapons, ammunition, objects linked to security or the stock-market and short circuit them from their initial function.
I plot poetical resistance strategies to disarm the aggressive potential of violent representations by steering them towards more playful and festive grounds.
I explore these controversial relationships and their different modulations through interactive installations in which different elements coexist, confront each other, interconnect or discuss.
For these installations I build systems that voluntarily include random settings so that the final result cannot be mastered and to give the installation the possibility of a relative independence : an autonomous development.
My work dismantles and rebuilds reality to examine the mechanics of the balance of power and offer a dynamic alternative by mocking this prevailing violence.