A large, flowing volume overhangs us. A volume whose perception would be close to that of a large mass of water suspended in space. The volume appears as a “ghost”, resulting from a physical presence close to the immaterial. As if constrained in its verticality, it is, moreover, animated in its interior by perturbations, turbulences, reflections, characteristic of the effects of light in contact with moving water.
In Turbulences, Étienne Rey engages the narrative in his plastic gesture. As if in a less and less improbable anticipation, he summons digital writing and machinery to recreate a universal poetic experience, as much intimate as it is situated, that of abandoning contemplation of the play of light on water. A gentle and desperate gesture by an artist to safeguard an emotion that could disappear with the evaporation of the natural conditions that offer it to us.

Original creation for the François Schneider Foundation
Sound composition: Wilfried Wendling, in partnership with La Muse en Circuit, CNCM (Centre national de création musicale)
In partnership and with the support of the François Schneider Foundation, with the support of the Grand Est Region
Artistic direction, production, distribution: Quatre 4.0 / L’Ososphère

Étienne Rey

Etienne Rey’s work explores the very notion of space. The challenge is to produce shifts in perception. The question of place and the environment, of in situ and architecture, participate in the discovery of spatial structures through displacement and the multiplication of points of view.
The various installations have in common the fact that they invite to experiments made up of material and immaterial, energies and attractions that bring into play physical phenomena whose main vector is light. Reflexive transformations take place between perception, specific to each one, and awareness of the impact of our presence. The intention is to produce spatial experiences. The pieces reveal the way in which the latter is structured. Between immaterial installations made of mist and light and those using materials with optical properties, all the works elaborate perceptive filters of the environment leading us to question our relationship to reality.