Isabelle Hayeur

2012, 10:45 minutes, colour


Recent technological changes have transformed natural and rural environments, to the point of producing uniform, ever-more polluted environments in their stead. Uprooted probes these territories fashioned by man, deciphering in them his relationship to his environment, thereby questioning his ways of being. Critical of environmental and urban developments, this video explores the peripheries of some North American cities, strangely alike from one to the next, in that none of them feels like somewhere. Their excessively wide spaces, standardized and shapeless, generate a sense of uneasiness. Urban upheavals can turn the most familiar locale into an unrecognizable, anonymous, even forbidding place. On this blank slate, local memory is forever erased.

Les changements technologiques récents ont transformé les milieux naturels et ruraux en produisant des environnements factices, uniformes et de plus en plus pollués. Déraciné sonde ces territoires façonnés par l’homme pour y déchiffrer les rapports qu’il entretient avec son environnement et mettre en évidence ses modes d’existence. Porteuse d’une critique écologique et urbanistique, la vidéo explore quelques périphéries de villes d'Amérique du Nord. D'une agglomération à l'autre, ces lieux de nulle part se ressemblent étrangement. Leurs espaces trop vastes, sans consistance et standardisés produisent un sentiment de malaise. Les bouleversements urbanistiques peuvent métamorphoser le plus familier des coins de pays en un lieu méconnaissable, anonyme et même hostile. Sur cette tabula rasa, la mémoire locale est à jamais effacée.

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