For base material I use photos of some of the paintings presented in my “Explorers of Vertigo” exhibition (2000).
I process them by computer, modifying them until achieving a series of pixel interactions, exploding and flying out. Re-coloured and transfigured into new identities, though born from a same matrix, they maintain their circular soul.
Each painting generates infinite mutations. I choose some, following my own criteria: the time given to metamorphosis. I freeze and fix them as images, at moments determined by the specific result of the pixel and colour transformation process.
The most extreme transformations give way to strange forms of undulating faces, which meet the viewer’s reflection and sometimes curiously mingle…
Time is one of the basic elements for me to buckle up and close the loop of matter/essence, real/virtual, in my investigation of multiple identity, different units born from the same origin.
Reflection on identity
Contact with the computer, networks and the web inevitably leads to questions about identity.
With the new communication devices, individuals develop the possibilities of a multifaceted identity. I, the one, is a thousand. We are no longer on the path of an individual looking for a unique reflection of his or her identity. Forums, chat rooms, e-mail addresses – the diverse identities of a single individual are scattered about the network.
One single body, several names, empty words which give life to old ghosts? To invent and take on new lives, hidden behind a keypad or camera. The body no longer needed. Are we on the verge of a new social network? Formerly dictated by society, identity is now a project to be built by each one of us. The multiplicity/unity binomial shows up clearer than ever before.
«On the one hand, we speak of what is identical: beings or objects perfectly similar while remaining distinct; in this case, identity means similarity to others. On the other hand, identity is the nature of what is unique – what distinguishes itself, is irreducibly different, from others. The very definition of identity is paradoxical: to be similar and different at the same time, unique yet comparable – wavering between radical otherness and total similarity»
Edmond Marc LIPIANSKY,(1992), Identité & communication.
Paris, Presses Universitaires de France.