The exhibition Liquids and Gels explores the norms regulating
cultural artifacts. The photographs of desert landscapes, each marked with the
logo of ownership of the image, should be understood as a contribution to the
copyright/copyleft debate: obliterated by the presence of the intrusive
copyright logo that should make them unusable, theses pictures nonetheless
attain a secondary value as artworks. The strategies developed to protect
ownership are here used precisely to open up possibilities for free access.
Pierre Bismuth savors the fact that in the digital context of unrestricted
production and access to images the notion of property has become a paradox.
Pierre Bismuth employs artistic practice as a tool for examining our perception of reality as well as our relation to culture and its productions. The underlying aim of his works is always the same - to destabilize pre-established codes of perception and to push the viewer to become critical and incredulous even when presented with cultural objects whose meaning appears self-evident.
PIERRE BISMUTH, born in Paris in 1963, lives and works in Brussels. 2005 he was awarded the Oscar in the category “Best Original Screenplay” with Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman for the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
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