Lost Horizon

03/18/2010 - 04/30/2010
Marion Tampon-Lajarriette
Marion Tampon-Lajarriette
Îles/elles , 2010
Video 16/9, sound, black & white
Edition of 8 ex + 2 AP
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Press release

Young French artist using the tools of contemporary digital culture, Marion Tampon-Lajarriette plays with the image and representation systems. Her exploration of means by which the image transforms our relationship to reality adopt modes of action constantly renewed.

Working on pre-existing images, whether still or moving, she proceeds by deconstruction to create other images and open another field of possibilities. This work is often in the dialectical cinema / contemporary art where the artist explores famous movies of modern cinema, from Hitchcock to Chris Marker through Tarkovsky.
Seen as a spatio-temporal object, the film is deconstructed in a register of forms: camera movement, light camera, long shot, setting, use of special effects… Empowering some of these elements, the artist moves away from the right screenplay and leads us to an offscreen image of infinity.
For her exhibition at Galerie Dix9 Marion Tampon-Lajarriette presents a new set of videos and photographs. «Lost Horizon» marks a new stage in her work of reactivation of a fantasy film and is under the sign of vertigo : diving into the heart of the image, vertiginous fall and loss of bearings.
Hub device, the video installation «Stream» reads like a fountain of pixels, referring to streaming images from a digital world where the artist works. Proceeding by inserting new figures in suspended shots, the video « îles/elles » offers a virtual tour of some island sites, places where the female characters from two movies have lost.
The artist thus continues her exploration of fictional scenery as places of wandering, the stories which were recounted suddenly opening the field to a thousand other stories within them.
Put into abyss and virtual wanderings invite the viewer to haunt and eventually lose himself in the images of his own imaginative space.