Cristin Richard has chosen to present her new project, ‘Metabolism’, through an interdisciplinary approach which combines film, sound, installation and performance. The artist proposes an in situ exhibition, in perfect harmony with the architecture it is housed within: The Historical Detroit Savings Bank magnificently built in 1927. At this moment, Cristin’s research and analysis on the human body brought her to explore the notion of time and its interdependence with the body and space. Which better than this particularly sound structure, for an odyssey in “space-time”.
Time, closely related to the sense of our existence, escapes any definition. All attempts to define it includes a term that means time itself: “according to the order of becoming before and after” … “marked time by the succession of events (1.). If we try to express the main character of time, we will revert to talking about the notion of irreversibility, the act of falling in the past is impossible to correct, and in regret we face a shadow, an impregnable one of nothingness. The irreversible order of time is felt according to three dimensions: past, present and future. It is in the present that these three movements of conscience get materialized: focus on the current existence, go back/return in thought to what was and no longer exists, and a perspective towards what will occur. But the present could be at its tum, lived and understood in various ways. Any fragment of becoming has a beginning already spent, and also not yet completed … It is in this context that Cristin wanted this exhibition designed, to allow the viewer to think of time from the present sense. The intuitions and the schematics imposed by our consciousness will be shaken, and our own subjective sensitivity to each is destabilized. [read more..]
1. Nietzsche, Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra, Ed. Gallimard, 1947.
For her continuation of “Trifle”, Cristin Richard has chosen to deepen the discussion of over-consumption by focusing on, and analyzing the phenomenon of the fervent consumption of the image in our current day society.
The expansion of the capitalist economy involves the continual creation of ‘the lack’ and ‘the satisfaction’. ‘The satisfaction’ creates ‘the lack’ by calling up a new satisfaction, a vicious cycle of which we are imprisoned consumers.
The media commonly exists as a structure that belongs to the extension of our technical thought, and the use of the image is the most simple form to send through feelings of pleasure. Today, the reign of consumption and pleasure belongs to the image.
Nowadays, all areas of our society are affected by the phenomenon: Politics, Morality, Economics… They are all about the image. Will the picture become more important than the reality? Essentially, our everyday life is flooded by the image: TV, video, film and photography have become the main food sources of our mind. They dictate our feelings, our emotions, and push us into extreme stats of laziness. There is no more a need to exhaust ourselves on a physical or mental level…just one click, and everything is offered to us.
In front of the screen, the consumer is faced with a fast succession of rich images to absorb his consciousness and place him in a hypnotic state. He is then owned and manipulated by the images of entertainment and consumer goods, which only provides happiness to those who are profiting from things to be sold.