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Sylvie Ungauer, Residency October 1999 to January 2000

Photos : André Morin, Guillaume Blanc

Sylvie Ungauer lives and works in Brest, France, and has participated in numerous European projects: Bourses Pépinières Européennes in Dortmund, she has exhibited at Kunst Europa Frankreich in Ludwiburg, and has had several solo shows in France, at the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg, the Arteppes in Annecy, the École des Beaux-Arts in Tours and the FRAC Centre in Orléans.

Sylvie Ungauer is interested in the links and networks that structure our society. But she is also interested in the relationship between the individual, his or her living environment and the outside world. Her work is primarily based on materials that act as vectors, such as video, fiber optics and the Internet.

During her stay at Atelier Calder, she created two works entitled : At Home and Village, presented in a solo exhibition at the Frac Centre in Orléans, following her residency.

At Home represents a city made up of elements whose shapes are inspired by urban and industrial architecture, but also by fashion accessories. The ensemble is uniform in size and in the material used to cover them: knitted video tape, usually used as an image carrier or to broadcast events or information, becomes here the link between all these structures.


The second installation, Village, addresses the absence of direct relations between Internet users, all connected to the Internet network (symbolized here by small screens illuminated by fiber optics). While "the web" remains an important source of exchange, each user remains isolated from the others, connecting autonomously and anonymously. In this way, the artist underlines the profound changes brought about by the Internet in existing means of communication and models of relationship.

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