“Like the crazy instruction manual for an improbable world factory, like a hybrid and timeless mythology, Frédéric Penelle’s ferocious woodcuts dialogue with the sharp video art created by Yannick Jacquet - or perhaps it’s the other way around - to recount, carefully and amusingly, the incontrovertible evidence of the meaninglessness of the world, the origin of the unknowable precedence of the chicken and the egg, of scientists and their machines, of your brain and its hallucinations. This implacably absurd demonstration hiccups and smiles, above all, at our own inundations and uncontrolled fumigations, at our own mechanical vanities.”
While the passage of time seems to accelerate every day, Fred Penelle and Yannick Jacquet offer a pause, a suspension, a breath. A strange mechanism stretches across the wall, populated with shadowy chimeras. They are mysterious and yet somehow familiar. Is this a laboratory experiment or the plan for a future network?
Minutely constructed like a fine clock, it traces connections, routes, genuinely-false, looping itineraries, inviting escape, inviting dreams. The narrative is deconstructed like a thousand-storied film script. Every effort is made to lead astray, to turn around, to forge ahead. Time is shredded, decomposed, lost and yet everything references it.
Mécaniques Discursives is like a parenthesis between two epochs: Gutenberg's and Big Data's. By contrasting the oldest form of image reproduction (woodcutting) with the most recent digital technologies, the installation straddles centuries and contracts time.