Video

Rougeole, La

1991, 08:00 minutes, colour, silent

TAPECODE 9777

La Rougeole est une performance - installation conçue pour la vidéo qui offre un traitement ironique et esthétique du phénomène du nationalisme en le présentant dans un contexte dénué des références habituelles. Un corps anonyme, dans des rapports physiques avec une installation située dans une carrière de sable, évoque le ridicule et le tragique qui sont le plus souvent les marques de commerce du nationalisme. La trame sonore évoque la dimension sociale et la contraste à la solitude du personnage. Le jeu de mot s'opère par l'image, ainsi le drapeau est transformé en drap et peau, soulignant ainsi l'opération de sublimation réversible entre le corps privé et le corps social.

Created for video, this performance / installation takes an ironic and aesthetic approach to nationalism while depriving the phenomenon of its usual context. A nameless body, in physical relation to an installation placed in a sand pit, evokes the ridiculous and the tragic, nationalism's all-too-frequent trademarks. The solitariness / loneliness of the character is juxtaposed to a social dimension evoked in the soundtrack. Images suggest puns - "drapeau" (flag), for instance, becomes "drap" (sheet) and "peau" (skin) - which underline the reciprocal sublimations between the private and the social body.

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