SOLAR WIND

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SOLAR WIND

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...

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

Laurent GRASSO

solo shows

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

group shows

Upcoming
- Group show Laurent Grasso, Espace Musée - Aéroport Charles de Gaulle - Terminal T2, Paris, France
- Météorites, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
- Into the cosmos, MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma, Italy
- Datumsoria: The Return of the Real, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

2017
- Selected, Sean Kelly, New York, United States
- Universo Holograma, Museo la Tertulia, Cali, Colombia
- High-tension, Times Museum, Guangdong, China
- Haute tension, regards sur la scène française à travers les lauréats du prix Marcel Duchamp, Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, China
- 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 collection

- 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
- 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

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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.