One of Nina Beier’s “living tableaux” at the 180 Strand.
3D CINEMA REVISTED BY LAURE PROUVOST
Protected by the Admiralty Arch building, Laure Prouvost, 2013 Turner Prize winner offered her very personal version of a 3D film. The French artist invited the public to enter a dark room. He voice tells a wild story with a secret as projectors successively light up parts of the room. Random objects are revealed in tune with the tale, clues to a mystery the viewer is invited to solve. Much more exciting that a movie watched through 3D glasses…
BETWEEN DAVID LYNCH and WES ANDERSON
A master at the art of story-telling, Laure Prouvost makes works that read like fiction with each one more surreal than the last. And this time the story doesn't stop as a slightly mad old lady kidnaps the spectators leading them to other rooms, like a very expected guest at a mysterious party. Everyone is forced to party in a five meter by three meter cubby hole while talking to zany characters who insist they met you at high school. It's a highly unusual cinematic moment caught somewhere between David Lynch and Wes Anderson.
A DEAD DOG IN A 5-STAR APARTMENT
Continuing in this surrealist vein, artist Nina Beier took possession of a luxurious apartment. In it she presented several different performances like a selection of tableaux. A dog plays dead on a Persian rug for several minutes. Several old men cover their faces with an anti-aging face mask (Anti-aging is the title of the piece) A young man, his back against the window on the terrace, smokes a cigarette… as if trapped in a vaporous eternity. In a world dominated by thirst for luxury and appearance, this reflection on time ticking by and death, echoing with our society’s refusal to get older, is particularly biting.