Mécaniques Discursives

Mécaniques Discursives
Fred Penelle
Yannick Jacquet
GMUNK 8.5 R.V. 8.5 P.T. 7.8 V.M.H. 9.5 J.M. 8.5 M.P. 7.5 G.R. 9 F.A. 7 D.B. 8 A.J. 8 Creative 8.2 GMUNK 8.5 R.V. 8 P.T. 8 V.M.H. 9 J.M. 8 M.P. 8 G.R. 8.5 F.A. 6.5 D.B. 8 A.J. 8 Design 8.1 GMUNK 8 R.V. 8.2 P.T. 7.8 V.M.H. 9 J.M. 9 M.P. 7 G.R. 9 F.A. 7 D.B. 8 A.J. 7 Craft 8 GMUNK 8.3 R.V. 8.2 P.T. 7.9 V.M.H. 9.2 J.M. 8.5 M.P. 7.5 G.R. 8.8 F.A. 6.8 D.B. 8 A.J. 7.7 Total 8.1
This installation project was developed out of the encounter of the engraver Fred Penelle with the video artist Yannick Jacquet. Mécanique Discursives is a mixture of engraving and video projection.
The Concept

Fred and Yannick wanted to create something different with engraving and taking it out of its traditional context by putting it up on the wall.

Inspired by contemporary graphic design codes and data designs, Yannick hijacked their primary uses and changed their meaning.
The Production

Mécaniques Discursives is like a parenthesis between two epochs: Gutenberg's and Big Data's. By contrasting the oldest form of image reproduction (woodcutting) with the most recent digital technologies, the installation straddles centuries and contracts time.

Developing the engraved templates.
Yannick and Fred used After Effects and Photoshop to create the projection installations that worked in unison with the props.
Used graphic codes that are generally used to help make information easier to understand, he turns them against themselves to disorientate observers and offer them paths on which they’ll lose themselves.

Even if the two techniques are completely opposed, in the end when they combine the two on the wall this boundary disappears. Certain artistic collaborations seem self-evident, a synthesis that transcends practice and brings out the best of each individual. The Mécaniques Discursives project, which they have been working on since 2011, derives from such an intense collaboration.
Three years of experimentation, accompanied by 25 exhibitions across Europe and Asia, have allowed the team to continually perfect our infernal machines.

Making of Video
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