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Hoël Duret - Low exhibition at Villa Merkel

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The exhibition – low – is about creating tension, parallel worlds, future technologies and hopes that slightly absurd. It brings together a monumental installation, a video, paintings, strange illuminated artefacts and glyphs left by an extinct branch of humanity. 

In this exhibition, Hoël Duret investigates the relationships between nature and technology, in particular in the current context. The artist develops a critical and alternative image of the digital era as a coherent phase of human history and therefore clearly shows that such a concept can only be confirmed at the price of concealing diversity.

The exhibition is presented at Villa Merkel (Esslingen, Germany) from 16 August to 15 November 2020.

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NFT pH<7 logique installation (2019)

Inspired by the botanical greenhouses of the 19th century, the installation NFT pH<7 logique (2019) is installed in the hall of Villa Merkel.

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NFT pH<7 logique installation (2019)

This hyperconnected multisensory ecosystem combines plants and technological tools (soundtrack, light sources, fog machine…).

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NFT pH<7 logique installation (2019)

The whole is controlled by an algorithm that makes the “climate” in real time by setting off its components randomly from climate data collected on Twitter.

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Fantômes #17 (2019), Cast your words (2020) sculptures and Easy to say painting (2019)

The outer rooms accommodate new works, that continue the story started by the main installation.

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Cast your words sculpture (2020)

Strange soft and phosphorescent forms have transformed the material of industrial waste.

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Drop out video (2020)

The film Drop out (2020), filmed in New Zealand, takes us into kaleidoscopic worlds where states of crises and permanent mystery reign.

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NFT pH<7 Mirror sculpture (2020)

A weak aquarium that sunk under a video screen takes in a plant with visions that scroll over the screen in a sequence of abstract forms, implying other intelligences, not human, but botanic.

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Innocent times sculpture (2020)

A series of luminous artefacts that seem to communicate between themselves using light signals through spaces bathed in a blue light with ultraviolet effects.

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I got it all sculpture (2020)

Long phosphorescent worms lie here and there on objects that have shed their skins.

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Quantum sculpture (2020)

Suspended from the ceiling, a final machine, Quantum (2020), seems to be controlled by plants that control the illuminated breathing and troubling sound modulations.

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Institut français and the project

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The "Low” project by Hoël Duret, residency spent in New-Zealand to make the film Drop out and the exhibition at Villa Merkel, have benefited from the support of the Institut français within the framework of its partnership with the Brittany Region.