Les buveuses d'eau
De Ina Mihalache installation 2017
Installation sonore interactive, 3 x 5 min
Three chair-bathtubs are gathered together in
the exhibition space. They offer to take charge of
the bodies of visitors who, seduced by their song
the way we’d be by that of the mermaids, will
dare to sit down in their “berth.”
You then slip into a utopian environment imagined for your well-being.
In this pram for adults in the shape of an ear, strangely salutary sentences are whispered to you. You can lean against it. You are encouraged to let yourself go: absolute relaxation in every limb, every part of your body, including your head, for you have crossed the threshold of a state that avoids productive purposes. Deactivation of the social environment. You experience a peculiar quality of absence. Sounds and voices reach you through a pipe, amplifying your feeling of immersion. With a faraway look in your eyes, you float: catharsis is slowly liquid. You could remain like this for a whole day, indeed for your whole life. But you recognise Henri Michaux’s words, which already resonated earlier in your hiding place. Now’s the time for the return journey onboard the capsule that seems to come from the end of the world.
“Devotees of the simple perspective may be tempted to judge all my writings as those of a drug addict.” Henri Michaux, Miserable Miracle
Oeuvres d' Ina Mihalache produites par Le Fresnoy :
- - Les buveuses d'eau (installation, 2017)
- - Ma présence suffit à enchanter le monde (performance, 2018)