Friendly Floatees (2013-2015)
Friendly Floatees is an interactive digital installation built with virtual reality web technologies. The installation allows the visitor to navigate a succession of hundreds of skies, without horizon, clouds, nor stars. Skies where only the blue light remains. However, all around plastic bags are floating, frozen at different times of their interaction with the environment, capturing information about light, air, and gravity. These objects, which we reject as constituent elements of the landscape, underlie our perception of space.
Each bag acts as a hyperlink, allowing the visitor to transition from one sky to another. Space becomes abysmal, labyrinthine and inhospitable. Time and distances are suspended. However, throughout his drift, the visitor is transported from one continent to another, the digital structure effectively opening on three real places in America, Europe and on the Pacific.
Friendly Floatees was produced as part of residency programs at Oudeis (Le Vigan, France) and La Chambre blanche (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada).
This project was conducted with the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Oudeis’s "Géographies variables" residency was made possible by the support of la Région Languedoc-Roussillon, the Ministère des relations internationales du Québec, the Consulat de France au Québec and the city of Le Vigan.
For their generous contributions, I would also like to thank Olivier Lévesque, Cédric Arlen-Pouliot, Gaspard and Sandra Bébié-Valérian, Manuel Fadat, François Vallée, Charlotte Panaccio-Letendre, Amétys Lachance-Michaud, Samuel St-Aubin, Jean-Pierre Lavoie, Olivier Henley, Emmanuel Thivierge, Remi Ogundokun, Pierrette Dion, François Simard, Françoise Jean, Jennifer Bin, Yin Li, Mathieu Lacroix, Adam Kukulowicz, Ericson Labador Amahan, Reden Etchineque and the Hanjin Ottawa crew.