“We think we’re going to take a trip, but soon it’s the trip that makes you, or breaks you.”
Nicolas Bouvier, L’Usage du monde.
If, due to confinement, we have learned to travel and lose ourselves within the virtual in all its forms, the new attention economy often blurs the tracks and makes us forget the question of the destination: where to go? or maybe “where to land?” (as Bruno Latour wonders), what are the distant or near virtual journeys that will make us or de-make us?
With immersive media, the choice of destination matters much more than an infinite scroll on social networks. And this is how the programmers of Les Ailleurs scoured the map of their senses, coming back with a selection of initiations, exotic trips, possible drifts in the land of a new understanding. The poetics of Rimbaud’s “long, immense and reasoned derangement of all the senses” scrapes together with the visions expressed by new technologies in the era of the controlled carbon footprint: virtual reality, augmented, mixed, sound spatialization, interactive screens, interactive virtual worlds …
Embark with Les Ailleurs for new lands, altered perceptions, new bodily experiences, to meet invigorating cultures.
One exhibition, three thematic journeys
Les Ailleurs articulates a selection of works in virtual reality, interactive projections and spatialized sound works around three routes. The first, Wild Journeys, is an invitation to symbiotic journeys in non-human worlds. The public goes to meet the synesthetic jellyfish of Mélodie Mousset and Edo Fouilloux (The Jellyfish), who will teach them the vibratory landscapes of the depths below, before bonding with the endearing creatures of Eric Chahi during a contemplative stroll in a world terraformed (Paper Beast), then learn the language of Polyrhythmie des cachalots, and discover the world in slow motion inhabitated by hybrid flowers by artist Lauren Moffatt. (Of Hybrids & Strings)
A family trip, for marveling at worlds seen from non-human gazes.
The second route, Intimate Transportations, takes the public into the multiple territories of the self. We will dive into a huge network connecting the most intimate corners of our homes (The Smallest of Worlds), we will experience solastalgia in the interactive projection of Pierre Zandrowicz and Ferdinand Dervieux (What is left of reality), before reliving Randall Okita’s family odyssey, in one of the most successful virtual reality experiences in recent years (The Book of Distance).
Finally, in the course, Parallel Dimensions, we will get lost in the virtual to better find ourselves on the way back. With the artists Laurie Anderson and Hsien Chien Huang, we will travel to the moon to gain height on our vision of the world (To The Moon), we will try a liberating psychedelic experience (Soundself), before remaining stunned by the performance. of transfiguration by performer Olivier de Sagazan, filmed by Qiu Yang (O).
Performances, creative workshops for young audiences and conferences integrated into the opening week and masterclass will complete the courses, and highlight the richness and fascinating diversity of creative practices around immersive mediums.