This installation consists of a five and a half minute video and ten pictures. In this video, I put myself into the skin of a vague coarse rapper who unfurls over the name of the great German philosopher a string of thoroughly out-of-place insults in French and English (out-of-place, that is, in the philosophical debate). This crazy displacement is the comic mainspring of the video. The pictures play on a different chord: they borrow images coming from the video, in the upper half, and words of German
vocabulary in the lower. The link is the same as in Masse sur comptable. The upper images are focused on the red shoes of the phoney rapper. The blur of the moving image is rendered by keeping the texture of the video image and the aerial character of the shots. The letters detached from the wording in the bottom part have the weight of things that cannot be counted.
They refer to the absurdity of the insults associated with the name of a philosopher.
A mini video-lecture. Great to speak an English which has an accent vaguely identified as hailing from Central Europe or India. (The piece was designed for an invitation to the Tate Gallery in London). The video is projected on to a large paper-board, and the demonstration is declined on an identical paper-board. Plenty of ways of drawing a square, doubtless. These ways are so spontaneous for us–here I’m thinking of quick sketches rather than Descartes–that they remain unanalysed. They also remain unanalysed in my video, but are enhanced by an approach to the way of drawing a square by computer. In the quick sketch, the body has to find a way of mimicking its object; with the computer, on the other hand, the body just has to make a diagonal movement with the mouse. A movement that does not mimic anything of its object. This movement is supposedly the same for drawing a rectangle, a circle, an ellipse. Does the practice of the computer for drawing shapes like the ones I’ve just mentioned change something in our brain? I don’t have a clue and, what’s more, I don’t give a damn. The important thing is to make what is obvious at once funny and problematic.