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French artist explores future archeology

Updated: 2015-04-28 14:21
By Ruan Fan (chinadaily.com.cn)

French artist explores future archeology

Pieces of cloth printed with fragmented 3D images.[Photo by Ruan Fan/chinadaily.com.cn]

As someone born in the 1970s, Grégory is among the first generation of artists to explore the Internet. He knows that one way not to be bothered by technology is try to survive in harmony with it. For example, how we keep track of our existence.

On the second floor of the exhibition space, there is a screen displaying video fragments captured from youtube.com, tagged with certain key words such as "knowledge" and"anxiety".

"We want to discuss how human beings transfer their memories," said Grégory. "In the past, our images could be preserved through drawings, but now we have turned to the computer, which means that our memory has became massive, and may disappear at any time," he said.

Such a possible disappearance and absence, however, is not often visible to people, and that’s what Grégory intends make aware of through Telofossil.

"If you look closer, you realize that every object was conceived and produced by human beings who may be dead now. There objects are the marks of our past lives," Grégory said.

"All these products are like as many graves whose mortality we forget because of the way we use them," he said.

Then what can we do about it? Grégory said he doesn’t have an alternative solution.

"As an artist, my goal is simply to enhance perception in a situation of reflexivity, everyone can do whatever he wants with the proposal," he said.

If you go

10 am-6 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, through May 18. Unicorn Centre for Art, Red No.1-A, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing. 010-5229 7756/010-5229 7758.

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