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Émilie brout, maxime marion
b0mb
Video, Netart | hdv | color | 9'58'' | France | 2018
b0mb is an online generative video, renewed at each viewing and accessible via a dedicated website. With an intense rhythm, it presents a montage of hundreds of images of all kinds from the internet, displayed on a musical soundtrack where one can hear the voice of Gregory Corso reading his poem Bomb (1958). Declaration of love to the most terrible technology and metaphor of human self-destructive nature, the poem has a wide variety of lexical fields giving it an almost universal dimension. Figure of the Beat Generation, Corso seeks to produce here a poetry where the sentences would be without perspective, building his text via a juxtaposition of keywords “against” each other. The artists then performed a work of “writing reduction”, filtering and rewriting the poem in order to translate its content into queries for search engine such as Google Image. Each image visible in b0mb thus comes automatically from the result of one of these queries, selected according to popularity algorithms and displayed synchronously with the stated text, on a predefined editing. If the duration and the sound remain fixed, the images are renewed on each viewing, evolving little by little in the time, over the news. Because of the great diversity of subjects covered in the poem and the heterogeneous nature of the images (amateur photographs, commercials, cliparts, press, definition variations, etc.), the work reveals a kind of snapshot of web culture. By a frantic sequence of indifferently innocuous, beautiful or terrible images, they also account for the violence that can emerge from it.
Born in 1984 and 1982 in France, Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion live and work in Paris. After studying at ENSA Nancy and ESA in Aix-en-Provence, they joined for two years the EnsadLab research laboratory of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, where their collaboration began. Their work was awarded by the François Schneider Foundation Prize (2011), the Arte Laguna Digital Art Prize (2014) and the Sciences Po Public Prize for Contemporary Art (2019), and is part of the FRAC Ile-de-France, Aquitaine and Poitou-Charentes collections. It has been exhibited in France and abroad: MAC VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine; Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres; IAC Villeurbanne; FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen; Base sous-marine de Bordeaux; 5th Moscow Biennale for Young Art; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka; Carroll / Fletcher, London; The Loft / Servais Family Collection, Brussels; Frederic de Goldschmidt Collection, Brussels; OCAT Shenzhen; Daegu Art Museum; Kunstraum LLC, New York; Redline Contemporary Art Center, Denver. They recently benefited from solo exhibitions at La Chaufferie, Strasbourg (2019, 22.48 m² gallery, Paris (2019), Villa du Parc, Annemasse (2018), Pori Art Museum, Pori, Finland (2018) and Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, United States (2017). They will participate in the Kunsthal Gent Development Programme in 2020.