Siblings, we practice our art as a duo. Each of our researches is to be seen as an investigation reusing scientific technics and tools that have been borrowed to anthropologists, archeologists, criminologists...
These investigations turn us into detectives. They let us shine a light on poetic levels of the infinitely small, of the common mark, of the almost invisible, of the edge and the residual, in a multidisciplinary work.
Installation, sculpture, performance, silkscreen printing, painting, photography, video...
We are particularly interested in the research of the anthropologist-ethnologist Claude Lévi-Strauss on the notion of culture as territory and how it fits into space.
In our investigations, we excavate, glean, exhume and bring to light gestures deciphering the workings of a society sinking into dystopia. Our plays reveal an obscure future and immerse the spectator in a world with a double language. Between pessimism and irony, we wish to lead the visitor to reflect on a poetic, political and social alternative to our globalised world.
From 2016 to 2018, our investigations took us to the heart of globalisation in one of the world's largest megacities in Shanghai, China. We joined the Offshore research programme "Creation and Globalisation" in order to study and decode the new challenges of a globalised culture. On this occasion, we proposed performative installations according to the investigative strategies of the forensic police, inspired by the character of Sherlock Holmes.
Our works are to be read in the sense of the new global reorganisations announcing and evoking :
⁃ globalisation and the hegemony of the economic and financial system ;
⁃ the intensification of the technological capacities of communication and sensorial marketing;
⁃ the possession and reconfiguration of the modes of diffusion of knowledge by companies, through the digital and data ;
⁃ both ecological and health crises ;
Theorised in part by the sociologist, historian and economist Immanuel Wallerstein, it is these definitions of globalisation that guide our actions and question our "world-system".
Depending on the geographical, political and social context in which we find ourselves, our artistic research always converges towards new contemporary cultural intrigues.
Our field of investigation takes us to new places that are constantly changing: a factory that has recently been relocated or is in the process of being relocated, a building site that is being demolished or "rebuilt", an urban wasteland rehabilitated as a place of art, a natural landscape artificialized by tourism...
These transitory spaces lead us to observe the forms of life and the invisible activities that inhabit them in a different way.
We work on unicellular organisms that proliferate in ruins, hidden work and spaces neglected and unexploited by Man in reference to Gilles Clément's concept of Third Landscape.
Recently, in partnership with perfumers and neuroscientists from Université Côte d'Azur (France), we developped and used perfume and sense of smell as new perceptions in our works. We used the invisible strategies of sensorial marketing to rethink the history of art.
We reuse the chemistry of photographic materials to reveal our own aircraft black boxes that we use on each of our journeys, as well as the impalpable records and witnesses of police and customs checks at each of our crossings.
Our plastic gestures also deal with the control in the constitution of knowledge by multinational data companies and authoritarian state powers. We explore the interactions of digital technologies and the digital traces left by internet users. We question these digital data exploited by the Big Data to induce in our sculptures a critical posture of our world.
In our practice, we like to take the risk of using residual chemicals recovered from nature, the outskirts of cities and industries. We breathe new life into these materials by taking a critical look at the environment. We draw from a vocabulary of forms belonging to the field of industry to re-question the history of art and the cultural industry in our works.
Attentive to a global contemporary world, we observe, exhume and exhibit fragments of objects and industrial scraps from the 21st century resulting from our excavations which, once they have been museumized, become the new witnesses of our contemporary globalized society.
These vestiges or fictional creations attest to a world that is crumbling or renewing itself for better or for worse.
Our duo seeks to accentuate and sharpen our gaze to reveal and detect the weak micro-signs of the future of our society. We tend to make this infra-thin space visible in order to create new reservoirs for fictions and new contemporary speculations.