Open Space #4 Hoël Duret. Fondation Louis Vuitton
Hoël Duret’s work brings together different artistic practices, from the visual arts to performance and design, and is based on fictional stories inspired by real events and realised through a variety of media. With an aesthetic that draws on alternative cultures, the New Age movement, post-apocalyptic cinema and modernist utopias and their failures, Duret examines relationships between nature and technology, particularly the representation of landscape.
For Open Space #4, Duret has turned Gallery 8 into a new type of multisensory immersive environment. Inspired by 19th century botanical glasshouses, biospheres in Arizona and experimental crop-growing in orbit, NFT pH <7 logique (2019) takes the form of a mock landscape. Composed of a profusion of different plant species and a variety of technological equipment, this hyper-connected ecosystem is controlled by an algorithm that reacts to climate data published around the world on Twitter, and activates, in real time and randomly, the various elements of the piece (soundtrack, lighting, hydraulic system and mist). NFT pH <7 logique drips, oozes, sizzles and breathes like a disturbing, fantastical mechanical organism.