équinoxes 7

Apis Humane
Digital work
september 2022

Sommerer & Mignonneau

For the 7th edition of Équinoxes, internationally renowned artists Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau extend a playful invitation to experience their interactive experience at the Rue Cambon boutique.

SOMMERER & MIGNONNEAU MEET CAMILLE FOURNET

This digital work evokes our relationship to nature and insects by letting customers “dance” with bees.

équinoxes

What was it that made you want to participate the Équinoxes project? 
When Camille Fournet invited us to create a new project for Equinoxes, we were inspired to install an interactive work that would address environmental issues and our relationship to insects. In the past we've often used flies, but this time we wanted to incorporate bees. Bees have a powerful impact on our environment and well-being. At Camille Fournet, beeswax is essential at various stages of craftsmanship. We also like working with companies that grant artists freedom to realize their creative vision, and Françoise Déchery gave us carte blanche to design a new interactive piece.

What were your primary sources of inspiration?  
Our main inspiration comes from nature, from observing plants, insects, and their complex relationship. We often model natural processes— for example growth, behavior, complex systems, and human interaction — on a computer. Thanks to the many interactive works we've created over the past 30 years, we have at our disposal a vast repertoire of interactive processes that we can use to create new installations. This work for Equinoxes opened the door to a new process of innovation.

How should your work be interpreted? 
Our artwork often relies on interaction with the viewer and explores our relationship with nature. With the interactive installation "Apis Humane," visitors who stand before a large LCD screen see themselves in a Douanier Rousseau-style frame depicting various images of plants from our own garden. When you enter the screen space, bees emerge from your own face. They buzz about frenetically and react to the visitors' movements, interacting in a sort of impromptu, constantly changing dance set in a virtual garden. In combining virtual worlds, interaction and artificial nature, we wanted to raise awareness about the complex ties between humans and their natural environment.

Apis humane, Sommerer & Mignonneau, 2022.
Credit: Anaïs Nieto

Apis humane
Detail of the work
Credit : Anaïs Nieto

Apis humane
Detail of the work
Credit : Sommerer & Mignonneau

Apis humane
Detail of the work
Credit : Sommerer & Mignonneau

Apis humane
Détail de l'oeuvre
Credit : Anaïs Nieto

CAMILLE FOURNET ENJOYS PLAYING WITH MATERIALS AND COLORS. WE LOVE CREATORS, THEIR INVENTIVENESS, THEIR ABILITY AND THE WONDER THEY'RE CAUSING.

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