Compiled using images harvested from the Internet the reworked so that their content is corrupted, this video essay is a diptych that involves visitors in their own gaze. The film is a montage of these existing resources and uses the image as a means of interrogating writing.
‘Geopolitique de l’ oubli’ probes the proliferation of information and signs produced by the Internet and digital language (tree structures, the Could, the data flood, etc.). It compares two possible ways in which a writing system might come into being: digital archiving and the externalisation of our memory.
Cuneiform script, which appeared in Sumer over 3,000 years before the Common Era, is presumed to have originated in an accounting system and is associated with lines and eye tracking. This is the model we use today as the basis for memory when we store information in data centres.
The Mayan script (6th-9th centuries CE), which recorded the movements of the stars and the calculation of time, is linked to glyphs and body memory. The artist has imagined a “battle” between two fictitious retro-futurist communities, the SUM and the MAY. These new signs are more like memorising techniques tan a stable alphabet.
In this era of screen-based writing with pictograms and keywords, new interactions between eye and hand, and communication using emojis and gifs base on images or stylised images, Daphné Le Sergent explores the behaviour generated by this new, codified but fragmented language.
Agnès Violeau | Curator
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