Emmanuel Hervé, Paris
For its first participation in ARTORAMA, Galerie Emmanuel Hervé will present new productions by French artist Pierre Paulin (b. 1982, lives and works in Paris).
His artistic practice develops, in the first instance, from his computer. Fascinated by the Internet browser, the artist compares the system of nested hypertext links to a form of film or video editing. The aim of his work could therefore be summed up in this question : how can one make information more tangible (images as jpeg, pdf documents, etc..). Which, as well as visually present on the screen computer, finally remains virtual and intangible operating in the mind of the user as many ambiguous concepts with more or less floating status. This question, underlying all the work of the artist, involves the use of technologies that are prior to the emergence of internet, enabling to give substance to previous computer investigations. From this reflexion, formally heterogeneous works emerge which fragile and romantic appearance clashes with the rational and pragmatic vision that one would expect of a hypertext navigation.
Pierre Paulin’s work can be understood within duration. The duration of the work’s first impression, which seems simple and subtle, and focused on emotion’s exploration, a feeling that is quickly offset by an empirical dialogue the artist establishes between obsolete technologies (rotogravure, 16mm film) and contemporary technologies (Internet, computer interface).