the afterimage


The afterimage, 2018
multimedia installation
10 screens 1500 colour slides and eight web search robots


After recovering and accumulating colour slides for more than ten years that I found, bought or inherited from complete strangers I decided to digitalise this archive and upload it on the web. Fascinated by the aesthetic strength of these images, I seek to give new life to this intimate archive.
I chose to create a dialogue between this material memory and the immaterial, changing and multiple archive of the world wide web. The installation comes alive at the crossroads of these two memories and unfolds in space through a linear form consisting of 10 robots/screens on feet. The first robot/screen choses one image at the time and each of the others eight machines analyzes that first image thanks to an internet search algorithm, revealing a detail, a sound, a keyword or a video,  creating an ideal extension, a new life for the initial image. Finally, the tenth robot/screen will light up and unveil a short automated random editing that comes from the previous results: would that be image that remains, the afterimage?


Credits
Production : Le Fresnoy studio national des arts contemporains
Concept and construction: Chiara Caterina
Programming: Antoine Barlet
Help construction: Sebastien Cabour, Cyprien Quairiat, Julie Machin, Christophe Grégorio
Thanks to: l'équipe du pôle installation du Fresnoy, Olivier Anselot, Boris Rogez, Estelle Benazet, Eric Prigent, Daniel Dobbels, Madeleine Van Doren, Valérie Delhaye, Pascal Buteaux, Luc-Jérôme Bailleul