The global map has become, through the development of digital technology and digital mapping, a familiar and popular icon. In this work, I use this perception to make the world map a spectacular and fluid representation of a world in constant motion, where land masses become “a source of light”. The planetary map here seems to float in continuous motion. Even if it was conceived as a scientific construction for the control of the environment, it becomes here a playful and illusory work.
Thanks to a particular technique of painting on semi-transparent plates combined with a special light installation, I create light effects and dynamic reflections, which give this world map a fluid and continuous aspect, creating a radiant and illusory vision.
This installation reflects how the information we receive daily from the mass media contributes to the creation of a fragmented vision of the world. It seeks to address the way in which the media disseminate multiple statistical information about the countries of the world.
The combination of portraits and statistical data projected in rhythm over the highlighted countries leads the spectator to “read” the people represented on the basis of their physical features but especially through information concerning geography, economy or demography.
Today, these figures undoubtedly constitute our representation of the different countries and their inhabitants. However, they are purely scientific information that reduces each situation, event, person or place to numbers. The scientific data, apparently so precise and immutable, is the result of an analytical process often influenced by economic and political reasons as well as by the geopolitical situation of a given time period. The contemporary individual and his or her identity are now part of a scientific information mechanism. They is just one piece of data in a global analysis, a number in a calculation whose value is interpreted according to his or her position in this equation.
“Virtual horizons” are digital collages of landscapes of specific countries, each geo-located, thanks to an associated map which helps to give a position in reality to these apparently surreal places.
The material used for the collage comes from different images of landscapes that the search engines show us as representative of a given territory. These images are the product of a trend that increasingly follows “the popular and global visual taste”. The result is that the territories and places are represented by “cover images”. An aesthetic through which it emerges a new perception of various countries and their territories: they are all incredibly similar to each other and they create a homogeneous unreal vision.
Utopia is a multimedia installation that immerses the viewer in a continuous flow of news stories from international newspapers, allowing them to pay attention to the dynamics and contradictions of mass media storytelling.
Excerpts from news stories that have been chosen according to their geopolitical aspects and their media resonance and are edited to create a narrative plot. These short collages of stories, because of their impact and their appearance in a compressed time frame, are able to produce a melodramatic whole. The spectator observes this daily drama installed comfortably in a room furnished with beach chairs. The result is a visual, cacophonous show. Even if the facts are real, the installation creates the conditions for an uncritical, almost superficial and enthusiastic voyeurism.
The spectator is overwhelmed by the steady stream of images and sounds; but the installation also offers a small alternative refuge: in-between the cascades of images and informations there is a bright tropical island. A headset plays a Caribbean jingle that allows the visitor to free himself or themself from the external context by choosing the luminous island. This set-up creates a private and secure space in opposition to the “cascade of realities”. This utopia, even if it gives the viewer a feeling of powerlessness and passivity, comes to their aid and lets them take a step away and separates them from the frenzy of the world.
This series of hyper-realistic paintings is the mirror of a daily ritual: individuals isolate themselves and immerse themselves in the boundless virtual world. From the first waking hours of our days, to the last ones, we live in a digital reality within which we work, interact, discuss, communicate or simply surf the internet. We live in an existential paradox of physical isolation and overwhelming online connection.
This is a new reality without borders, formed by information, numbers, emotions and ways of life. It is a world that, thanks to all our data, expands at any moment and continues to evolve even when we are not physically present.
It is a parallel existence that allows the individual to become the entity of their own creation, in a place where social and moral structures are not yet as defined as they seem to be in the real world. Each can create new roles, occupy their own space and experience scenarios or transformations which would be unrealizable in physical reality.