Flottille is composed of a series of 15 video sequences showing silver paper micro-folds slowly opening and closing on the surface of the water. These forms have a short lifespan; the forces that animate them do not respond to the laws of gravity but to more imperceptible phenomena such as capillarity and surface tension between the liquid and the paper. In the manner of these fragile insects called “gerris”, they glide over the surface of the water. And soak in it to metamorphose themselves by telling us the geometrical story of their design.
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Since 2004, Étienne Cliquet has been developing research in computer-assisted origami. He has thus been moving back and forth between several communities (origami artists, programmers, artists, scientists) who cohabit and cooperate on the Internet without confusing their codes or their cultures.