Mécaniques Discursives is a video installation that is part projection mapping and part engraving. The combination of the two techniques creates a dazzling display of interconnected visuals.
A visual artist and an engraver walk into a bar. They have a cold beer and a chat out of which an idea for a video installation brims to the top. OK, this is not much of a joke, but I imagine that is how visual artist Yannick Jacquet and engraver Fred Penelle’s chance encounter went. Their chance encounter led to the creation of Mécaniques Discursives.
Mécaniques Discursives fuses video projection and the art of engraving to make a single, dynamic structure. The mixed media video installation represents a working machinery where static engravings come to life with the help of projection mapping.
Each element of Mécaniques Discursives is interlinked with the other. To me, it looks similar to a Rube Goldberg machine; the only difference is that the action happens only through projected visuals. It also looks like a huge graffiti piece where certain areas are mapped and visuals are projected on it to give an inactive graffiti design the sense of motion.
Here is a quote from Yannick Jacquet website about Mécaniques Discursives:
It is a mixture of engraving and video projection representing a sort of machinery of the absurd and the poetic unfolding across walls like some exquisite skeleton using the principle of a chain reaction as its starting point.
Mécaniques Discursives puts adds a new media touch to the vintage technique of engraving.
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