Olivier Bémer

Noon - Installation - 2021

présentée dans le cadre de l'exposition Panorama 23


“In this day and age man, in essence, is upset precisely by the consciousness of his basic limitlessness. And perhaps this contributes to his not knowing who he is, because finding himself, in principle, capable of doing anything imaginable, he then does not know what he actually is.” (José Ortega y Gasset, Technology and Human Existence). “We are, without a doubt, ladies and gentlemen, children of the imaginary […] universal history is the attempt to tame the imagination, little by little, in various forms. […] Technology wants to create for us a new world, because the true world does not fit us, because it has made us sick. This new world of technology is consequently a giant orthopaedic apparatus.” (José Ortega y Gasset, “The Myth of Humanity outside Technology”).

Olivier Bémer

Olivier Bémer was born in 1989 in Paris, where he lives and works. He has taken part in several group shows, notably for the Prix Révélations Emerige 2019, at Galerie Papillon, at the Wallonie-Bruxelles centre in Paris, at the Grande Halle de La Villette and at the Palais des Beaux-arts in Paris. His work concentrates on the relation that our societies have with technological progress, and interrogates the way in which new means of communication and representation affect our relation to time and to other individuals.


Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing