Milène Guermont has multiple strings on her bow. As an artist engineer, she uses materials that are considered banal and knows how to breathe into them a poetic dimension. She does not settle for making concrete speak, she also seizes the most hackneyed images to transform them and give them fresh life.
Chief Curator of Cultural Heritage, Director of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, 2016
The galloping tide
The story of BARRE is ephemeral, highlighting the foam appearing in the bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel, in the rhythm of the "tide rising at the speed of a galloping horse".
This experimental video symbolizes the horse without literally representing it.
The power of the breaker (named "barre" in Normandy) resonates with the power of the horse.
A moment shows the arrival of the breaker in the flashing light of a stroboscope, which has the pulse of a horse's gallop. Thus, the sound of the sea is gradually transformed into the gallop of the horse, while the tide quickly rises.
Neither special effects nor other image manipulations were used in the production in order to heighten the presence of nature.
Selection of movies from BARRE:
The breaker in the city
GALLOPING FOAM is an aquatic and light sculpture evoking the foam created by the sea and the famous metaphor of the “tide rising at the speed of a galloping horse” by Victor Hugo.
For the NUIT BLANCHE 2014, GALLOPING FOAM is a basin (40 feet long) of undulating water covered by foam and light flashes from a stroboscope, in front of the Town Hall of the 15th arr. of Paris. Movements of water, creation of foam and light are synchronised with the sound of the background. It operates on loops of 5 minutes: either galloping or snorting/neighing/breathing horse’s sounds to evoke a bigger intimacy with it. Foam is also the nickname given to the horse‘s sweat.
Futhermore, at the extreme part where the artwork touches the floor, the natural noise of the surf mixes with sounds emitted by the loudspeakers. GALLOPING FOAM focuses on the effects created by interactions of water/foam/light, symbolizes the horse without representing it in a literal sense, and “takes” townsfolk to the sea.
Work in process
The artwork during Nuit Blanche
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