Ten years of collaborative work between Fred Penelle and Yannick Jacquet, also cofounder and member of the Antivj collective, have gone into the unprecedented, evolving creative experiment called Mécaniques Discursives, a work-in-progress rendered in an all-enveloping narrative space that comes about through the conjunction of age-old engraving techniques and innovative digital technology.
The end result of combining these distinct yet complementary art practices, the most recent version of this visual and sonic discursive mechanics metanarrative opens at LABoral Centro de Arte within the framework of the 15th L.E.V. Festival, sponsored by Fundación EDP, as part of the Light Years programme.
In its current emplacement, in the art centre’s Projects Room, the work covers an area of 700 square metres and reaches a height of 12 metres. With a truly astounding mise en scène, on this occasion Mécaniques Discursives boasts the largest dimensions it has ever reached in an exhibition venue.
The light from over 15 simultaneous and immersive projections plays a key part in the work. The mix of small and large-scale animated projections brings over 250 different narrative elements to life. Taken together, they compose a visual-soundscape inhabited by shadowy monsters and lucid graphic and visual configurations.