The main idea is to burst or reverse the scale of the experiments driven at the HOT laboratory, in order to decline them in one or several installations at a human scale and without
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Stéfane Perraud is a visual artist coming from the performance and the multimedia scene. This STARTS residency with the HOT project (aimed to create revolutionary technologies based on the interaction of light with the motion of tiny objects) had quite a specific objective when it started. The challenges faced during the residency gradually (and emerging ideas) evolved to give birth to the final project. That evolution of the concept was only possible thanks to very close interactions between the Artist and the researchers, as well as very tangible collaborative sessions that took place at the scientific laboratories and research facilities. The Artist’s first intention was to show how light interacts with matter. However, it became clear that the vibrations of matter with the interaction of light in optomechanical objects were not suitable for the planned artwork, not without diverting the original experience in order to make it visible for the spectator by the naked eye. Since the art&science interactions touched upon both, the ambivalent role of light in scientific research (particle/wave), but also the dual role of the scientist in research (the scientist who makes his experimental objects, and the one who analyzes them), they led to an idea of the new video installation “Janus 2155” to be produced through this co-creation process.
“Janus 2155” is the first video installation realized by the Artist. The video is a science fiction that uses images from a real scientific experiment based on a very small optomechanical object. It invites the viewer to follow the production of such an object until its laboratory experience. The narrator's point of view is in the distant future as if the images we are looking at were the last traces or the scientific archives of the 21st century. One of the main questions of this video is based on the status of the scientist seen as the craftsman of a new world. The question is not what the scientist is producing, rather to understand the place and role of science in the 21st century. The work is inspired by the research of the American philosopher Fredric Jameson, who theorized in 2005 Archeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. And that boils down to looking into the future in order to see more clearly in the present and study the role of science fiction in this theoretical framework.
Interview with Stéfane Perraud at CENTQUATRE-Paris during the STARTS Residencies Days, 2020