Refuge existentiel

  • Refuge existentiel
  • Refuge existentiel
  • Refuge existentiel
  • Refuge existentiel
  • Refuge existentiel
  • Refuge existentiel

2011, light installation
Maison de la communication, 31 rue Henri Barbusse, 91170 Viry-Châtillon, France

Biennale La science de l’art
Direction de la Culture de l'ESSONNE

A shelter at the centre of the town offers the experience of an existential refuge. As a place of welcome in urban space, it immerses visitors in shimmering light. This installation, in a centrally located house, unsettles our perception of a refuge, which also becomes a mirage. At night, the windows are caught up in an endless revolving luminous motion. Projections of light coming from the windows form a dense beam turning around the house, which is the central pivot. This light shines from white to pale pink; an almost blinding light that envelopes passers-by. Nearby visitors are surrounded by these optical stripes. It is impossible to see inside. The light beams seem to freeze the interior of the house, a visual refuge but an impenetrable shelter.

Light projectors, gel filters, programming system


Biennale La science de l’art 2011 Catalogue. Texts written by Damien Schoevaert, Karine Lemaire. Direction de la Culture de l'ESSONNE 2012