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Pierre Friquet, Jean-Baptiste Friquet & Kannakee // Sea of Serenity

DISCIPLINE VISUAL ARTS,SPECIAL PROJECTS

CURATED BY HH Art Spaces

15 - 22 DEC
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Old GIM, Ribander

PIERRE FRIQUET, JEAN-BAPTISTE FRIQUET & KANNAKEE // SEA OF SERENITY

Curated By HH Art Spaces

Performance by Pierre Friquet and Kannakee, with live-video broadcast by Jean-Baptiste Friquet (Bruxelles).

Installation: 15-22 December, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Performance: 16-18 December, 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the lunar module ofApollo11 landed (21:56 in Houston); The first steps on the Moon are broadcast live on the entire planet and are followed by 500 to 600 million viewers. The black-and-white videos were transmitted from the moon to the earth by radio signal in SSTV, a signal of poor quality. Projection screens broadcast live the experience of a performer, psychonaut, who enters a flotation pool. In the same way as the 3 astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission, she prepares herself. She puts on the waterproof VR helmet, akin to a NASA diving suit, to get immersed. She lets her body float in the water, plunging into a world within the world.

Live-cameras capture her experience viewing the Sea of Serenity and reports the content of the experience and the sensations that it provides, via a mic placed on her. The audience is seated around the installation, which is in the form of a pool. The images of what she sees and a close-up from a live-camera of her face are projected on a flag. The content is a mix of re-enactment of real conversations between the Apollo 11’s astronauts and the NASA Houston Centre as well as description of the shots seen within the VR headset. Like a translator between worlds the performer will serve as the eyes of the audience into an imaginary environment which is inaccessible to human senses

Image: Pierre Friquet, Kannakee and Jean-Baptiste Friquet, Sea of Serenity.