The World Without Us

dortmund

Hartware Medien Kunst Verein (HMKV) view map

"The World Without Us "

group show

October 21, 2016 - March 05, 2017

In a „world without us“ humans will be replaced by machines, Artificial Intelligences will be optimized by other AIs and algorithms will be programmed by self-learning algorithms. In this way a radically different, post-anthropocentric world...

more current
SOLAR WIND

paris

Semapa Paris Rive Gauche / Ciments Calcia - Paris view map

"SOLAR WIND"

solo show

From 25/01/2016 -  Permanent installation

Laurent Grasso’s SolarWind is a monumental, permanent artwork poetically transcribing cosmic flows by means of light projected onto the walls of the Calcia silos bordering Paris’s 13th district. Opening on 25 January 2016 In a zone undergoing...

more current press release

Born in 1972 in Mulhouse, France
Lives and works in Paris, France and New York, USA

Laurent GRASSO

Born in 1972.
Lives and works between Paris and New York.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
Elysée, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

2016
SolarWind, public commission,13rd district, Paris , France
Elysée, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Laurent Grasso, Galerie Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
PARAMUSEUM, Palais Fesch, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ajaccio, France

2015
Soleil Noir, Fondation Hermès, Tokyo, Japan

2014
Laurent Grasso : Soleil Double, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York
Laurent Grasso : Soleil Double, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

2013
Laurent Grasso: Disasters and Miracles, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland
Uraniborg, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Canada [catalogue]
On Air, Trois Gallery, SCAD, Atlanta, Georgia
Laurent Grasso, Nani Bernardo Luscheschi, Venice, Italy

2012
Uraniborg, Musée du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France [catalogue]
Future Archeology, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong [catalogue]

2011
Laurent Grasso : Portrait of a Young Man, Bass Museum, Miami, Florida
Laurent Grasso, The Black Box Theatre of the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
Nomiya, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
1610, Alfonso Artiaco Project Space, Napoli, Italy

2010
The Birds, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri
SoundFossil, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, New York
The Silent Movie, Galerie chez Valentin, Paris, France
Nomiya, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2009
Reflections Belong to the Past, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, Germany
The Horn Perspective, Espace 315, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
NOMIYA, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
GAKONA, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
artLA, Barkar Hanger, Stand Galerie chez Valentin, Santa Monica, California

2008
Laurent Grasso, Prefix, Institute of contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Infinite light, Bridge of the Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, New York
Neurocinéma, Musée de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France
TimeDust, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France
Lʼatelier dʼhiver de Laurent Grasso , Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
Neurocinéma, Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey

2007
Electric Palace, Studio 814, New York, New York
Lost, Ateliers des Arques, Les Arques, France
Magnetic palace, IAC, Villeurbanne, France

2006
Du soleil dans la nuit, Nuit Blanche, Paris, France

2005
Lʼ éclipse, MIT List, Visual Art Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts
28°” en collaboration avec Philippe Rahm, Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes, France
Paracinéma, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris, France
Paracinéma, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy

2004
Projection, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France
OK / OKAY, Swiss Institute, New York, New York
Projection, Galerie Extraspazio, Rome, Italy
Laurent Grasso, Galerie SMP, Marseille, France
Radio color studio, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas [Curatorial Training
Program] Purkinjeʼ s tree, Irmaveplab, Châtillon-sur-Marne, France
Radio Ghost, CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Radio Ghost, Galerie du Jour Agnès b., Hong Kong, China Du
soleil dans les yeux, Halle au poisson, Perpignan, France

2002
Soyez les bienvenus, Centre de photographie, Lectoure, France
Mes actrices, Café du Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
Tout est possible, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France

2001
Soyez les bienvenus, Espace croisé, Roubaix, France

2000
Soyez les bienvenus, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, Paris, France

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA
Alchemy: Tranformations in Gold, Des Moines Art Center, Iowa, USA
Le Jardin des métamorphoses, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
Cycle Là où va le cinéma, Changement de rythme : vitesse, lenteur, répétition, screening at MK2 Beaubourg
OHLO,Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Tant de temps, Musée Soulages, Rodez, France

2016
Le Pouvoir précieux des pierres, MAMAC - Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain, Nice, France
Pompeii, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
Sublime, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
Artefact 2016- Up in the Air, STUCK, Leuven, Belgium
Magic and Power. Of flying carpets and drones, Museum Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
Nervous Systems. Quantified Life and the Social Question, Haus des Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany
GLOBALE: Reset Modernity!, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA
The Universe and Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Shanghai Project, Shanghai Himalayas Center, Shanghai, China
The Silence Echo, archeological site Museum of Baalbeck, Lebanon
Human Condition, a biennal-scale exhibition in an abandoned hospital, Los Angeles, USA
Renaissances, un hommage contemporain à Florence, Fondation Etrillard, Paris, France
The World Without Us, HMKV | Hardware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany
Tant de temps!, Musée Soulages, Rodez, France

2015
Paulin, Paulin, Paulin, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
"Climats Artificiels", Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France
The Housebreaker (Le Cambrioleur), Riga Art Space, Riga, Latvia
GLOBALE: Infosphere, ZKM - Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Là où commence le jour, LaM - Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, Villeneuve, France
GLOBALE: Global Control and Censorship, ZKM - Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Le secret de l'État. Surveiller, protéger, Hôtel de Soubise, Paris, France
Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder, MASS MoCA, North Adams, USA
Bleu Brut Experience Pommery #12, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
As I Run and Run, Hapiness Comes Closer, Morceaux choisis d'une collection vue par Jérôme Sans, Hôtel Beaubrun, Paris, France
Explore, Le château de Rentilly, Rentilly, France
Political failure, projection, sign and matter, Galerie Valentin, Paris, France
Whorled Explorations, Kochi Biennale, Kochi, India
Dries Van Noten - Inspirations, Modemuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain, Belgium
Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille, France
Perth International Arts Festival, Australia Contemporary Jewish Museum, USA La Centrale, Bruxelles, Belgium

2014
Les Oiseaux, Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France
Dernières Nouvelles de l'Ether, La Panacée, Montpellier, France
Curiosity : Art, Wonder and the Pleasures of Knowing, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin,
Ireland ; De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Anatomy of Anxieties, Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong
Trame, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Toutes Directions : exposition Prix Marcel Duchamp, Musée Wilhelm
Hack, Ludwigshafen, Germany
A screaming comes across the sky, LABoral centro de arte, Gijón, Spain
GIRL, Galerie Perrotin Salle de Bal, Paris, France

2013
Pataphysics: A Theoretical Exhibition, Sean Kelly, New York, New York
On Nature, Sean Kelly, New York, New York
Grasso, Grimonprez, Koh : Three Installations, Sean Kelly, New York, New York
Curiosity: Art & Pleasure of Knowing, Hayward Gallery, London – will travel to Turner
Contemporary, Margate; Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery; Royal Hibernian Academy,
Dublin, De Appel, Amsterdam
A Trip to the Moon, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, Mexico
Reconnaissance: exploring French territory in recent artist video and film, DIM, Cinemathèque,
Vancouver, Canada
De leur temps (4), Musée des beaux-arts, Nantes, France
Le Pont, MAC, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille, France
Dread, fear in the age of technological acceleration, De Hallen, Haarlem, Pays-Bas
You promised me and you said a lie to me, Anna Schwarz Gallery, Sydney, Australia Purkinje
effect, Galerie 1900-2000, Paris, France
Dynamo. Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l'art. 1913-2013, Galeries nationales du
Grand Palais, Paris, France
Pensé(z) Cinéma, Abbaye Saint-André - Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, France Idea 9,
CASA, Oaxaca, Mexico


2012
Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju, South Korea
Oh, you mean cellphone and all that crap, Calder Foundation, New York
Howling at the Moon, Dickinson Gallery, New York
Neon, who's afraid of red, yellow and blue? La Maison Rouge - Fondation Antoine de
Galbert, Paris, France
'Futur Antérieur': Rétrofuturisme/Steampunk/Archéomodernisme, Galerie du jour Agnès
b., Paris, France [Curator: Jean François Sanz]
Project Daejeon 2012: Energy, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea
Du soleil dans la nuit, Nuit Blanche 2012, Paris, France.
In the Holocene, MIT-List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2011
cherries on the boat collection, Fondation Hippocrene, Paris, France
Mémoires du futur, Olbricht Collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
French Art Today: Marcel Duchamp Prize, NMCA, National Museum of Contemporary Art,
Seoul, South Korea
French Window: Looking at contemporary Art throught the Marcel Duchamp Prize,
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Atmosphère, parcours autour des collections de l'Institut d'Art Contemporain,
Palais Delphinal, Saint-Donat-sur-l'herbasse, France
Dans le palais de cristal, CA'ASI, Venezia, Italy
Views on politics and poetics, Galerie chez Valentin, Paris, France
Le monochrome sous tension, Tornabuoni Art, Paris, France
Paysages / Films et vidéos, Frac Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
Paysages en mouvement, Aubette, Strasbourg, France

2001-2011
soudain, déjà, ENSBA, Ecole Nationale supérieur des Beaux Art, Paris, France
[Curator: Guillaume Désanges]
Le scepticisme du canapé, Art House, Moscow, Russia
Architecture of fear, Z33, House for contemporary art, Hasselt, Belgium TransLife:
The National Art Museum of China Triennial of Media Art, Beijing, China Small,
Medium, Large, Donjon de Vez, Vez, France

2010
Memories of the future, Samsung Museum, Seoul, South Korea
Memories of the future, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
De leur temps, 10ème anniversaire du Prix Marcel Duchamp, Musée dʼArt Moderne et
Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
Workers and philosophers, Business school de Skolkovo, Moscou, Russia
ResPublica, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbonne, Portugal Manifesta
8, Carthagène-Murcie, Spain
XX International Film Forum, Arsenals , Centre culturel français, Riga,
Latvia Satellite, Art 41 Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Manif d'art 5, Québec City Biennial, Quebec, Canada
Transit-Topos, Akbank Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
Nomos et Physis, Galerie de l’UQAM, Montréal, Canada
Cuvée Biennale, Ok Center, Linz, Austria
Magnetic North, Galerie Léonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, Canada
La Tête et les pieds (Projection), MAC/Val, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Terra Infirma, ISCP, New York, New York
Dreamlands, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

2009
Intersections: Mémoire, Réalité et temps nouveaux Xe Biennale de Cuenca, Cuenca,
Ecuador
OvnividéO, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Chambre à part III La Réserve, Paris, France
Projection autour des manipulations du temps, Carré d’art, Musée d’art contemporain de
Nîmes, Nîmes, France
Le Voyage improbable, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, [commissioner: Fabienne Fulcheri]
La Notte, La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, France, [commissioner: Lorenzo Benedetti]
Projections Carré dʼart, Musée dʼart contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes, France
Lʼinvention du monde Institut ITAU Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil
Les nuages ... là bas, les merveilleux nuages Le Portique, Le Havre, France
Hitchhikers to the galaxy, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, Corée du Sud
Moscow Bienniale, Moscow, Russia
La confusion des sens, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Villa Aperta, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy
Grand Opening for City Garden, Gateway Fondation, Saint Louis, Missouri
Rien nʼa rien à voir, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, France
Backyard, Kunstvereiniging Diepenheim, Diepenheim, Holland
Paisagens Obliquas, Musée municipal de Faro, Algarve, Portugal
De la mongoltfière au dirigeable: le pouvoir de voler, Musée Promenade Marly le
roi, Louveciennes, France
9th Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
La Notte, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse, France
Actual Fears 2, Centre dʼart Neuchatel, Neuchatel, Switzerland

2008
Dans la nuit, des images, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Maternités cosmiques, Musée de Ténérife, Santa Cruz de Ténérife, Spain [curator: Arnauld
Pierre]
La vidéo, un art, une histoire 1965-2007, Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France
Philippe Journo, un parcours autour de deux artistes de sa collection, Place Vendôme,
Paris, France
La théorie du Komplot, Le Garage Komplot, Bruxelles, Belgium
Le Renouveau du Temps, Maison Guerlain, Paris, France [curator: Caroline Messensee]
Antidote 04, Galerie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, France [curator: Guillaume Houzé]
Nuit Blanche, Jérusalem, France
Landscope, Galerie Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
to: NIGHT, contemporary representations of the night, Hunter College Art Galleries, New
York, New York [curators: Joachim Pissaro, Mara Hoberman, Julia Moreno] Translation,
Video works from the Public Collections of France Moscow Museum of Modern Art,
Moscow, Russia
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, University of Southern California Fisher Gallery,
Los Angeles, California
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art,
Sarasota, Florida [curator: José Roca]
Collection(s), IAC, Villeurbanne, France
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North
Carolina
Propositions lumineuses 2, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France
Les Collections du musée. Nouvelle présentation: les collections contemporaines, Centre
Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

2007
Fiction vs Réalité, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbonne, Portugal [curator: Christine Van
Assche]
In Parallelen Welten, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Siegen, Allemagne
[curator: Eva Schmidt]
Nuevos Horizontes / New Horizons, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo,
Vigo, Spain, [curator: Hilde Terrlinck]
Les roses de Jéricho, Attitudes, Genève, Switzerland [curator: Claire Le Restif]
Rooms, conversation, Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, Paris, France
Come and go: fiction and reality, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
Décentralisation..., Espace MICA, Rennes, France
Intrusions, Collection du FMAC Le Petit Palais, Paris, France
Biennale de Lyon, Musée dʼart contemporain, Lyon, France
Le jour et la nuit, Frac île de France, Paris, France
Territoires de lʼimage, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Le Fresnoy, France
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
Weather Report, Centro Altantico de Arte Moderno S.A., Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,
Spain 2007 Lost, Ateliers des Arques, Les Arques, France
Dialogues Méditerranéens, Citadelle de Saint Tropez, Saint Tropez, France
Mystic truths, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Monumenta, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, France
Choix dʼartistes, Institut néerlandais, Paris, France
Luce di Pietra, Palais Farnèse, Rome, Italy
Nouveaux Horizons, La Centrale Electrique - European Center for Contemporary Art,
Brussels, Belgium
Les roses de Jericho, Attitudes, Geneva, Switzerland
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, Banco de la Républica - Luis Angel Arango Library,
Bogota, Colombia

2006
Sudden Impact, Le Plateau - Frac Ile-de-France, Paris, France
Coup de coeur IV: Nouveaux Horizons, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France
Building the World, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
Antidote 02, Galerie des Galeries, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France
A tale of two cities, Biennale de Busan, Busan, Korea
Distorsions, IAC, FRAC Rhônes-Alpes/ Nouveau Musée, Villeurbanne, France
From There, Bloomberg SPACE, London, Great Britain
Panorama 7, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
Assemblage III, Museum 52, London, Great Britain
Lauréats du prix Altadis, Galerie Max Estrella, Madrid, Spain
Réinventer le visible, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
Entre la realidade e ficçäo, La Pinacoteca do estado, São Paulo, Brazil
Satellite of love, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas, The Netherlands
Notre histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Prix Altadis 2005-2006, Galerie Lelong, Paris, France
"L’éclipse", MIT List, Visual Art Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

2005
OK/ OKAY, Grey Art Gallery & Swiss institute, New York, New York
Vidéo Fresnoy, productions // Projections, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
Invisible script, W139, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas, The Netherlands
Quasi niente, Extraspazio, Rome, Italy
Ca ne se représentera plus, Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes, France
Radio days, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas, The Netherlands
Voix off, CRAC Languedoc Roussillon, Sète, France
Artimage, Graz, Graz, Austria

2004
Je mʼinstalle aux abattoirs, la collection dʼart contemporain dʼAgnès b., Les Abattoirs,
Toulouse, France
Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea
Parcours Saint-Germain, Boutique Agnès b., Paris, France
Glassbox, Paris, France
f. 2004@shanghai, La Fabrique, Shanghai, China
57e festival international du film, Locarno, Italy
Swiss American Film Festival, Swiss Institute, New York, New York
Galerie Agnès b., Tokyo, Japan
Vidéo Club, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Le temps manquant, Nuit blanche, cinéma l'Entrepot, Paris, France


PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS COLLECTIONS

Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’art Moderne, Paris, France
FRAC Île-de-France, Paris, France
FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, Marseille, France
FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, France
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Instuitut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
La Kunsthalle, Centre d’art contemporain La Fonderie, Mulhouse, France
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
TEA, Tenerife Espacio de Las Artes, Ténérife, Les Canaries, Spain
Galleria civica d’Arte Moderna e contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea
Daejon Museum of Art, Daejon, South Korea
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan


PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS COLLECTIONS

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Collection Neuflize Vie, Paris, France
Collection Vranken Pommery, Reims, France
Olbricht Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Collection Michael Ringier, Zurich, Switzerland
Collection Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


AWARDS

2015
Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres

2008
Marcel Duchamp Prize, Paris, France

2005
Altadis Prize, Paris, France

2004
Villa Medici (French Academy in Rome), Rome, Italy

Laurent Grasso - Paramuseum

Laurent Grasso - Paramuseum

Livres

23,70 €

Laurent Grasso - Blackout

Laurent Grasso - Blackout

Prints

133,33 €

Laurent Grasso - Soleil Double

Laurent Grasso - Soleil Double

Livres

36,97 €

Laurent Grasso - "Uraniborg"

Laurent Grasso - "Uraniborg"

Livres

33,65 €

Laurent Grasso - "Le rayonnement du corps noir"

Laurent Grasso - "Le rayonnement du corps noir"

Livres

30,33 €

  • 2016, December
    M le Magazine du Monde — 3 PAGES

  • 2016, December
    LEAP — 10 PAGES

  • 2016, October
    LEAP — 5 PAGES

  • 2016, September
    Le Journal des Arts — 1 PAGE

  • 2016, August
    Blouin Artinfo — 3 PAGES

A conversation between Laurent Grasso and Marta Gili, director of Jeu de Paume

All observation is a partial way of apprehending reality. The work of Laurent Grasso explores the interstices of this partial observation, that is, the spaces of uncertainty or doubt aroused by any conjecture, whether in the field of science, history, perception or belief, in order to construct parallel realities capable of testing our system of knowledge and our critical capacity. For him, the point is not to test the truth of our suppositions, but to exploit their fractures and tensions, and make them the raw material of his work. Observation, but also control, surveillance, the power or domination of science or belief, as well as the simultaneity or reversibility of time, are among the fields he explores. By extending the relation between the known and the unknown, or contracting the distance between the visible and the unverifiable, Grasso reveals the asymmetry between seeing and being seen.

MARTA GILI : Ten years ago I invited you to present one of your works at the Printemps de Septembre festival in Toulouse, Du soleil dans les yeux. It’s a video projection with a soundtrack consisting of very low frequencies, and in which scientific messages regarding the possibility of controlling the human brain by means of imperceptible waves crawl past against the flickering background of a mountain. It provoked real anxiety among visitors. You managed to trigger almost unconscious reflexes, provoked by the invisible and the fear of the unknown. Other works, such as Soyez les bienvenus and the famous cloud of Projection, have had the same effect. Is putting the viewer on the verge of disturbing psychological and physical experiences something important for you?

LAURENT GRASSO : My work has always been positioned at the limits — of reality, of belief, of science. I have explored many different areas of practical application of study, but always with a view to moving, technically, physically or conceptually, towards a kind of limit. This exists in Du soleil dans les yeux, which has a physical impact thanks to the link between the architectural device presenting the film, the film itself and the film’s content. In this work, the link is strengthened by the messages we read in the film describing the risks to which viewers seem exposed by the infra-bass frequencies played in the room. I try to create micro-situations that contain the power, the force or the brutality of the ones we are faced with in real life.

M. G. : In your installations, you sometimes create an environment causing a loss of bearings, disequilibrium or confusion. To achieve this, you use architectural devices, and electrical, aural, acoustic and light effects.
L. G. : Yes, right from the outset, I try to produce an experience. Because true experiences are rare.

M. G. : Yes, receiving your work is an experience in which viewers have to position themselves on the other side of the mirror, in a parallel world where appearances are deceptive: a world inhabited by rumour, myth, superstition and science fiction.

L. G. : I want to play on the idea of the real by using deception. One of my first projects was an exhibition in Paris in 1999, Escape, featuring a variety of films — notably a project carried out in Morocco on the strategies used in unauthorized emigration — and, on the other side of the projection space, a hidden parallel space where viewers could find where a bar where alcoholic beverages were sold. A 10-metre-long wall had been built in the Galerie du Forum Saint-Eustache and there was a short passage leading to the other side of the exhibition and, at the end of the corridor, this secret bar. This idea of passing through the image, of acceding to a parallel reality, began in this way. Then I created at the Crédac a soundproofed cabin with a window through which you could see my film Radio Ghost. This film is about the relation between the film industry in China and the belief in ghosts that might appear on shoots or on the film. There, too, the question of a parallel world was materialized by an exhibition set-up in which you could go through to the other side of the film and reach another point of view. I try to reconstitute fragments of reality or create objects using means that are similar to the apparatus that I wish to reconstruct — cinema, architecture, a certain period in the history of painting — but by inserting an almost invisible discrepancy, and with several angles of approach to the object presented. I also want to create lots of different positions for seeing and hearing as the viewer moves around, to put in place a certain form of narration, without exhibiting the references or processes. There still has to be a certain kind of . . .

M. G. : Secrecy?

L. G. : I would say tension more than secrecy. I also look for a certain form of openness, or even freedom, for the viewer. I want them to have access to the creative process, to the concept of a work or exhibition, but not in an immediate way.

M. G. : Films and videos, together with the apparatus for showing them, feature in a good part of your work. Increasingly, now, you are working with objects, fluorescent lights and paintings.