Les commissaires anonymes

Refractive indexes

Refractive indexes

Juliette Goiffon & Charles Beauté
Galerie Eva Meyer

Les Météorites de Sikhote-Alin (Sibérie), 2013, © Juliette Goiffon & Charles Beauté Les Météorites de Sikhote-Alin (Sibérie), 2013, © Juliette Goiffon & Charles Beauté -

Rainmaking, 2013, © Juliette Goiffon et Charles Beauté Rainmaking, 2013, © Juliette Goiffon et Charles Beauté -

Sandy Island, 2013, © Juliette Goiffon et Charles Beauté Sandy Island, 2013, © Juliette Goiffon et Charles Beauté -

The exhibition Refractive Indexes summons the image of a mirage. A phenomenon involving the refraction of light rays, the mirage is not an erroneous perception of reality, but an actual natural phenomenon with strong poetic potential. It is a new interpretation which reality is subjected to, an additional means to challenge any univocal reading of our society. In these times of technological expansion, marked by digitization and dematerialization, can we still trust our own perceptions ?

The mirage represents the image of both an exploration of different degrees of reality and a fanciful quest for truth. For its simultaneously instinctive and documented stance on current affairs of the physical and digital worlds, the work by the artistic duo Juliette Goiffon and Charles Beauté is a case in point. In the exhibition Refractive Indexes, these explorers of the era of world 3.0 are showing a series of works in which various phenomena pertaining to the media, science, and nature are put to the test of authenticity. The model of the mirage which the exhibition addresses allows one to consider the role of the gallery in its equivocal and transitory dimension. In the framework of this research on refraction, deviation and interpretation of earth, science and media data, the exhibition fittingly presents Galerie Eva Meyer as a space for experiences devoid of unvarying truth.

Les Commissaires Anonymes are presenting a selection of works produced between 2012 and 2013 by the artists Juliette Goiffon and Charles Beauté. Brought together on the basis of their cosmic approach, these pieces summon our world memory. John Young and Charles Duke walked on the Moon on April 21, 1972. What are the contemporary “refractions” of this world event ? The exhibition takes the form of a sensitive investigation : Its aim is to enliven the impact of scientific, anthropological, and media-related rumors.

Juliette Goiffon observes perceptible social transformations. Charles Beauté explores the margins of communication and information. Both have been working together for years on comparing and contrasting paper and virtual data, and physical and digital matter. This exhibition is an opportunity to assess their joint research, which is both harmonious and incisive. Through their production of prints, installations, sculptures and screenings, the artists reveal the complexities of our society in the era of dematerialization. Innovative tools and the free sharing of information makes the Internet one of the central issues of their work. Les Commissaires Anonymes present this artist duo as an emblem of contemporary exploration, in search of technological and artistic rifts.

Etudes de ciels, 2013, © Juliette Goiffon et Charles Beauté
La chute observée, 2013, © Juliette Goiffon et Charles Beauté
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