Laurent PERNOT (France)

Whoever you are

Sound and luminous installation

Creeation in reesidence with the support of Clermont Communauté and DRAC d’Auvergne. Partnership with the Galerie Odile Ouizeman (Paris) and the Musée Mandet (Riom).

The project for the sound and light installation WHOEVER YOU ARE is based on a historic project developed by NASA which consisted in sending a message into space for possible extra-terrestrials.
Starting at the beginning of the 70s, records containing a lot of information were loaded onto probes that were sent into space in the hopes of encountering someone. On this occasion, Jimmy Carter said: “This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours.” The sounds and images selected for these interstellar voyages exposed significant aspects of our planet Earth, as well as the life and state of our cultures. In a fraternal and praiseworthy way, a portrait of humanity thus takes form through photos of families, anatomy, gymnasts, airplanes in the sky, etc. 

In the setting of the chapel of the former general hospital, this project proposes to  reintroduce the world around us, a world that is itself at the origin of our beliefs. In that way, the set of images and sounds similar to those traveling in space will be shown, with the presence of a glowing sphere in a movement that is close to that of a planet.

Born in 1980, a graduate of Le Fresnoy (the National Studio for Contemporary Arts), Laurent Pernot lives and works in Paris. Favoring all forms of expression, from the conception of installations to image produc-tion, Laurent Pernot experiments with temporal, poetic, and immersive processes. His productions are often structured around the notions of the visible and invisible, of time and of memory lapses, by finding inspiration from the imagination of science and history that haunt the individual as well as society.

He also teaches, collaborates in the field of living art, and recently received an invitation from Jean-Paul Gaultier. There has been a solo exhibition of his work at the Miro Foundation of Barcelona, at the Palácio das Artes in Belo Horizonte (Brazil), at the Krasnoie Znamia Center of St. Petersburg, and at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris). He was awarded the SAM prize for contemporary art in 2010.

Exhibition Laurent Pernot
February 24th to April 22th 2012
Musée Mandet 14 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville 63200 Riom
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