Scenocosme: Rencontres Imaginaires
Insert yourself into the frame in this series of interactive behavioural video works.
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Rencontres Imaginaires is a series of interactive behavioural video works. Viewers onsite at UrbanScreen are invited to insert themselves into the frame to engage in imaginary encounters with ‘virtual friends’ in real-time through a large-scale projection and interactive kiosk. The pre-recorded videos of virtual friends prompt the viewer to react to their gestures. Referencing and recalling the first tricks of early cinema by filmmakers like Georges Méliès over a hundred years ago, this artwork uses techniques of illusion to encourage play in public space.
Originating from the Rhône-Alpes region of France, Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt collaborate under the name Scenocosme. During a residency at the Gallery, Scenocosme created new video works here in Surrey. The public was invited to participate in the September 12–15 filming sessions and become a virtual friend—creating new virtual hand and face behaviours for someone to interact with at UrbanScreen.
Participants included: Thomas Anfield, Charis Au, Karen Cancino, Elizabeth Carefoot, Clarissa Chupik, Amelia Davies, April Davies, Chris Dawson-Murphy, Amelia Epp, Rhys Edwards, Polly Faminow, Janis Foster, Polly Gibbons, Zoe Gibbons, Sean Kenny, Simran Kang, Anthony Mojuly, Ravneet Sandhu, Harry Singh, Amanda Thompson, Jennifer Uy, Tony Uy, Lyn Verra-Lay, and Mandeep Wirk.
Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges Creative BC, the Province of BC through the BC Arts Council, and French Consulate Vancouver/Consulat général de France à Vancouver for their support of this project.
Rencontres Imaginaires is accompanied by an essay by Rhys Edwards as part our Surrey Art Gallery Presents series. Rhys Edwards is a critic, artist, and curator. He has written for The Capilano Review and BC Studies, along with multiple Vancouver-based art blogs. He is currently the Assistant Curator at Surrey Art Gallery.
Curator: Alison Rajah
Origin of Exhibition: Surrey Art Gallery
Image credit: Scenocosme, Rencontres Imaginaires, 2016. Photo courtesy of artists.