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La Dispersion du Fils

2008
Author: Jean Michel Bruyère
with by Matthew McGinity, Delphine Varas and Thierry Arredondo

Software: Jared Berghold, Xin Guan, Ardrian Hardjono, Alex Kupstov, Matt McGinity

La Dispersion du Fils is a collection of more than 22,000 sequences from more than 500 movies filmed between 1999 and 2007 by Jean Michel Bruyère, which are related to Actaeon’s tragedy to which La Dispersion du Fils itself is referring: it is constituted by the chaos of the memory-images of Actaeon. It proposes to enter in the stomach of one of the fifty hounds of Actaeon, just after Actaeon who found naked Diana bathing had been killed, scattered and devoured by his own horde, as he was confounded with the prey.

In this 360° immersive, interactive and stereoscopic environment, the spectator may progress through the narrative and explore the constituent threads whose aspect and spatial distribution are redefined and recomposed infi nitely. La Dispersion du Fils is designed to unfold without interruption for hours or days at a time.

In 2008, after the iCinema team finished the making of T_Visionarium II for the AVIE platform, I proposed to Jean Michel Bruyère that he could use both this platform and T_Visionarium II’s interaction design to develop a new work using his own video archive. With this as a starting point, and working closely together with iCinema’s chief scientist Matt McGinity, Jean Michel developed a quite new interaction paradigm for his work. Most importantly the operability changed so that it was no longer interactively modified by the user but rather it was computationally controlled to display infinitely variable permutations according to certain complex algorithmic processes. This was combined with a 3D ‘ride movie’ aesthetic that perfectly embodied the dramatic mythological narrative underlying Jean Michel’s piece.

Jeffrey Shaw

Exhibition Record

2008/10/18 - 11/10:  eArts Festival: eLandscapes, Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai, China

2009/6/5 - 8/1:  Dessine-moi un mutant, Seconde Nature, Aix-en-Provence, France

2009/6/16 - 6/27:  Un Volcan Numérique 2, Le Volcan, Le Havre, France

2010/3/3 - 5/2:  [email protected], MACRO Museum, Rome, Italy

2011/4/4 - 5/29:  Matière-Lumière, Grand-Place, Béthune, France

2014/6/20 - 7/9:  Jeffrey Shaw and Hu Jieming Twofold Exhibition, Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, China

2017/4/15 - 7/16:  Create Spaces, A4 Art Museum, Chengdu, China