chronotope i ii iii and following - 2017
This sculptural work is both evolutionary and generative. Indeed, I leave it up to the participants to interpret the description of the installation and to implement the installation. In addition, participants are also free to play with the rule of the game, for example by not strictly respecting what it states. The work will then be evolutionary since it will never look more like it was. And it will also be generative because the rule on which it is based can be transformed and adapted to the will of the participants. The work will become common by detaching itself from its initial subjectivity.
instructions: do your best to think as a nomad and not as a sedentary person
Δ : various materials made of wood or any metal, all possible shapes, classified by series and resulting from a building destruction site
Ω : all people wishing to make a chronotope, preferably in a group, but it is not mandatory
π : reading the description of the previous chronotope (or any other description of chronotope, but it is not recommended)
μ : placement of the various materials in space according to the interpretation of the text
iii A thin light wooden slat, a few metres long, extends transversely from bottom to top, resting on the middle of a second piece of wood, a few centimetres wider than the first and about one metre shorter, which is kept in balance between the floor and the vertical wall, obviously.
Under this rudimentary and very precarious structure, we observe a heap of heterogeneous objects, mostly made of wood, of different tones and of which we will try to describe below the most appropriate layout.
A batten relaxes on the ground, at its two ends (north-south or east-west, as desired) pieces of shattered chassis (but of what?), of a blatant green color, scatter brazenly.
We must make one remark: each element of the chronotope is interdependent and is in direct and physical contact with its close neighbours every time and without exception. Thus, the scattered shards of green-coloured chassis that mock us are juxtaposed one on top of the other, one under the other, one on and one under the other at the same time, and so on.
One of its scattered pieces is contiguous with a strange metallic object in the shape of a cross, quite heavy it seems.
A log delicately crashes into one of the tips of the strange machine. Another precarious balance.
Above the log, it seems that a new tinplate element, curled up on itself, keeps itself in balance as if by magic. The latter is connected with a fairly large beam, which is affixed against the vertical wall.
However, trapped between the vertical wall and the beam, a dark brown, triangular chassis, unshakeable, resists weightlessness.
A white wooden board, it is true and frankly we have to say, a white wooden board helps, thanks to its positioning on the floor and against the wall, to support this unstable part of the structure (the triangular chassis that is stuck between the wall and the plank).
Continuing the thread of the installation, a square plank painted red glues the white wooden board to the foot.
Surprisingly, this second plank is holding hands with a new board of grey wood.
A strap hanging nearby on the wall surrounds the red plank and the green board together.
As we have said, the elements of the structure are in solidarity with each other and are mutually supportive.
At the opposite edge of the grey wooden board, it is suggested to place a composite wooden wedge on it. Juxtaposed to this block, a ledger board slides down on the ground.
Scattered around the ledger board, pieces of agglomerated wood are playing collectively.
ii A rectangular plank with, above it, a small piece of chassis that is connected to a wooden block. Above the whole, and extending, a plank of light wood. There is a metal rod next to it. A larger beam, made of brown wood, with a metal rod on top, continues the installation. Perpendicular to the beam is a thin black wooden rod and, adjacent to it, two broken pieces of green chassis, another, but smaller, piece of chassis, a square wooden block and two metal rods.
The square block is installed in balance on two chassis ends. Connecting the assembly, a first metal rod is partially placed on the wooden block and the second rod on the ground.
At the end of the long beam, you can look at a wooden rod with a metal rod on its side. Another metal rod is also placed on the beam but also in balance on a wooden board, green and broken.
This last one is installed on top of a piece of chassis. On the other hand, we can look at yet another piece of green chassis, this time placed on the broken wooden board.
At one end of the broken board, a piece of bamboo extends the structure placed on the ground. The pieces are always connected with each other.
Also, not very far from the bamboo there is a grey metal rod and a small piece of wooden frame.
A green wooden plank rests partly on the small end of the chassis. On this board, it is clear that there is not only a grey metal rod but also a wooden piece with one of its extremities cut at an oblique angle.
On either side of the green board, on the ground, two thin wooden sticks can be seen, one of them lighter in tone than the other. Several metal rods cross or extend the two previous wooden rods.
Amazingly, next to the green wooden plank, four chassis are interlocked, all forming a square. Extending this outgrowth, a green wooden beam deviates even further from the original structure. A metal rod follows the same movement as well as a small piece of chassis (partly covered with white paint).
Continuing on its way, the structure is extended by two small pieces of chassis, one of which serves as a support for the metal rod previously met and the other simply form a pair with it. On this last piece, two metal rods rest negligently above it as well as a grey piece of wood. Nearby, we easily observe that a thin wooden rod, dark, and a metal rod, light, take place at the side of one of the chassis.
Let's remember the grey wooden part because it happens that yet another piece of chassis and another metal rod are arranged perpendicularly and almost complete the installation. Two last pieces of chassis continue the movement with the last three grey metal rods on either side.
On the top, a simple light wooden rod.
i Three wooden blocks of unequal sizes.
A smaller block on a board, also made of wood, placed on the floor. A chassis rests underneath by one end, the other extending under a beam.
A stapled board is resting on the side of the beam. There is also a square piece of wood and a rectangular one below it, on the ground.
The latter also supports a chassis and faces a triangular, nailed and broken piece.
A green wooden plank is seen adjoin and above the longest beam. Along the latter, a thin black wooden stick, nailed, and another, lighter.
Extending the large beam, a chassis on the ground. On both sides, a block and another chassis, of smaller size.
On the large beam, there is another chassis that ends on a green board. Within it, a piece of chassis, also green. At its side, a wooden board, green, very fine. Nearby is a thatch of bamboo, partly resting on the thin green plank.
The latter also supports a long piece of chassis with an exposed screw, as well as a smaller piece of chassis and above it a board. At its end, we can again see a green wooden plank, this time split, resting on the ground.
A small piece of chassis rests on both the long piece and a thin triangular wooden plank itself placed on the split plank.
On either side, two thin sticks, dark and light colors.
Not far away is a wooden block of almost square shape, a screw facing the sky. The whole thing is attached.
The shortened part of a chassis, green, lies on the almost square block and runs towards two pieces, made of wood (a part of one chassis and the other resembling no other).
A rectangular plank supports the chassis part, itself supporting a small piece of green wood. It is also the support of another end of the chassis, also carried by the end of a piece of chassis, green in color. On the top rests a piece of grey wood and another piece of chassis.
Metal rods adjoin the composition, the ends of which are placed alternately on the floor and on the wooden parts.