Jimmy Richer, IAV (Living Artificial Intelligence)
The IAV (Intelligence Artificielle Vivante) exhibition is part of a large project: at the beginning, an artistic residency "Modus Vivendi", during 3 months, within the Voltaire school in Remoulins around different artistic actions involving students. The idea was to work on the current building of the Voltaire school, which is about to disappear, around an editorial project. Inventing narratives to better inhabit the world and particularly to reconnect with our humanities during this period when we could add a crisis of the sensitive to that of health.
The Pont du Gard exhibition will present a series of large-scale drawings by Jimmy Richer, a performance by Chloé Viton on the opening day, a sound piece by Guilhem Causse as well as a selection of works from the Frac Occitanie-Montpellier and the Frac Franche-Comté.
Part of the exhibition will be created on site by the artist in the days preceding the opening of the exhibition, which will be an opportunity to present these new and ephemeral works by Jimmy Richer. The main theme of the IAV exhibition is the questioning of ecology and the transformation of the world.
Between the belief in a very distant world in the making, the one in perdition that we know and an imaginary future with all the possibilities, the works presented on the Pont du Gard site will give an account of these three temporalities by highlighting the metamorphoses and the movements of the world that have been working and transforming it since the dawn of time.
This reflection on the transformation of the world will address questions of ecology in order to "imagine desirable futures, listen to the dreams of the youth who are struggling so much to start the slightest revolt and to care for our abilities to be affected, touched, changed and moved by what previously remained in the blind spot of our bodies and minds.
For Jimmy Richer, IAV (I A V for Artificial Living Intelligence) is also Yahweh, a small trivial god who has become universal, and it evokes something distant: there was. The very architecture of the A for artificial includes the I for intelligence and the V for living: after all, isn't every living intelligence the result of an artifice? Every living thing we know is the result of hundreds of thousands of years of geological, plant and animal transformations; from the air we breathe, to the fruit we eat, to the land we walk on. Artifice is not the prerogative of the human species but of the living in all its diversity, its transformations and metamorphoses.
Presentation of Jimmy Richer
"Halfway between a whimsical herald, an alchemist of the fragment and a dealer in the absurd, Jimmy Richer creates a pack of cards and redistributes them: syncretic and constructed in layers, his images achieve a moving synthesis between the registers of knowledge and the most different graphic and visual codes. The meticulous line of ancient engraving rubs shoulders with the clear line of the comic strip and the imaginary tattoo, baroque opulence is married to pop stylisation, science and legend dare to be humorous. Along this walk through the history of the graphic image and of disclosure, the mediums are brought into play, engraving and frescoes return as contemporary wall-painting, marquetry as installation, for creations that are all the more conceptual because they are handmade.
For Jimmy Richer, the mediums are never ends in themselves, but always channels for conveying content and encouraging a reading of art and reality that is both more attentive and lighter: for him, as for the Gadda analysed by Calvino in his American Lessons, the world is a "mishmash, a mishmash, a ball of yarn", the inextricable complexity of which must not be reduced. Extract from the text "Anatomy of the Coquecigrue" by Viviana Birolli.
INFOS PRATIQUES :
In the temporary exhibition room on the Left Bank
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:30 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 17:00
Health pass required for the visit of the exhibition / Wearing a mask is compulsory on the whole site.