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Muriel Toulemonde

The Fluid World Of Forms

2 July - 23 September

10H00 - 19H30

The Fluid World of Forms exhibition brings together a selection of video works created between 2001 and 2011, along with a series of recent drawings. The exhibition is centred on two essential and intrinsically connected dimensions to my work: the observation of flows and the study of movement. It aims to guide the spectator in a temporal experience oscillating between suspension and haste. In the earliest videos, time and movement are fundamentally embodied by the figure. The video medium enables us to capture the trajectory of a body, whose more or less constrained movements are deployed in a given space. Editing, through the key choice of fluidity, dissolves the latter in a singular temporality. By removing the moving figure from the inexorable flow of things, by isolating it in an environment which is similar to a theatre space, I establish immersive and timeless modes of reception for the work. Movement is approached in a more structural way in the recent pieces. La Théorie des vagues (The Theory of Waves, 2011), entirely shot in a laboratory of fluid mechanics, rolls out, to the rhythm of the pace of the waves generated in the wave pool, a perspective of an undulating phenomenon, between scientific, philosophical and aesthetic representation. The drawings extend the ideas of trajectory and undulation through studies of line and sequencing. To capture what escapes, to try to grasp something of loss: this is what the works presented here bring into play, by both their immersive and discursive structure. The unstable video image of flow accompanies me to relentlessly go searching, in the movement of things, a form of grace and weightlessness.

Muriel Toulemonde

Exhibition produced by the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles.
Exhibition presented at the Arena gallery of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d’Arles.