TOUR MAINE-MONTPARNASSE slide show

2007
slide-installation
8 projectors / driver / 640 slides / 10 min. 42 sec.

The area around the Tour Maine-Montparnasse building provides the setting for this slide show, in which a huge number of photographs were shot in quick succession. To date still the only skyscraper in the centre of Paris, the building was constructed in the early 1970s, but regretted soon thereafter, deemed an urban failure. History has prevented the tower becoming integrated into the infrastructure of the city; however, it has attracted many a suicidal candidate wishing to risk a jump into the void. Obsessively photographing the area and carefully registering each view, in order to capture the fluidity and triviality of life, none of the photographs focuses on the building itself, but on a very narrow zone in the empty space between the building and the camera. Concentrating on the endless details of life passing by, people look back, irritated, and coincidentally become frozen inside the cluttered array of pictures.

TOUR MAINE-MONTPARNASSE was shown in LOSING CONTROL at De Garage in Mechelen, Belgium. Participating artists: Aline Bouvy & John Gillis, Michael Van den Abeele, Ann Veronica Janssens, Leen Voet.

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