Laisse-moi te goûter

2016

Video installation 4 channels, 16:9 and 16:10, color, sound.
Loop of 17 min 20 sec.

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Laisse-moi te goûter - credit Christian Knörr

EN
Laisse-moi te goûter is a multi channel video installation, which shows an experience: the discovery of my body from 53 snails. I made the film as a fragmental, non-linear documentary as each screen shows different moments and angles.

In this work, my body is discovered by 53 snails. Four of them are transformed; they are hybrid as they carry a little camera on their house, which films the experience and allows the spectator to see the context in which the event took place: a photo studio.

The snails can be defined with mixed terms: inoffensive, naïve, disgusting, lovely, and so on. One snail is always inoffensive but what about 53?

The relation between an individual and a collective interest me. There is a complexity and a tension in finding a way to live together. I spent one month with the snails in my studio and one part of the project was to meet the snails in a very intimate way. At times it approaches an erotic encounter, as I give away my defenses and offer myself for a given time. At other time it becomes nearly invasive, as I am one and they are many, they occupies my body. They invade this given land. How do the snails encounter this new ground, this new organism?

It was important that the machine was in a way perceptible in the film. The machines have transformed our perception. They are our companions, new living forms that are living among us and within us. Four snails are with camera, hybrids; little cyborgs. These four camera are the witnesses, they will tell. The red light flashes. They will tell us but will we be able to read it?

Art direction, production, video montage: Christelle Becholey Besson
Camera: Nici Jost, Christelle Becholey Besson, the snails
Assistant for the shooting: Maeva Rosset
Sound: Made for this project by Smoking Sound Intl.