Magazine article Artforum International

Ange Leccia/Jean-Luc Vilmouth

Magazine article Artforum International

Ange Leccia/Jean-Luc Vilmouth

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GALERIE DE PARIS

A long metallic fish, floating above the viewer, undulated regularly, obstinately toward the back wall, as if magnetized by the chaotic procession of incandescent images illuminating the surrounding darkness. This primordial and volcanic backdrop was created by projecting Ange Leccia's video of what looked like crashing lava, steel in fire, stellar matter in fusion, molecular chaos, and landscapes of liquid stars against the wall. Eventually it was revealed tha Leccia's video actually depicted a fire-ceremony in Japan.

As for the fish, a piece by Jean-Luc Vilmouth, it will serve as one of the animated decorations in the Chunnel's Waterloo Station. Each departure or arrival of the train will be signaled by the frenetic agitation of a collection of hanging metallic fish. These mobile and sonorous sculptures will remind travelers of the oceanic world that actually exists above their heads. The fish also act as a metaphor for the technological animal that is the subterranean train.

The intersection of the immobile fluidity of Leccia's images and the mechanical rigidity of Vilmouth's work created a postecology, postchaos environment formed by primordial, plasmatic, volcanic images of fusion and the creaking and groaning mechanical fish that seemed to be learning to swim all over again. …

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