2008-2018. Vidéo (format 1:2.35, couleur, son stéréo, 1 h 40, en boucle), vidéoprojection sonore, tapis de danse, bras robotisé, ordinateur et programme, bois, toile, aluminium, 600 x 600 x 215 cm.
The installation Seul Richard is adapted from William Shakespeare’s Richard II, the story of a king whose conviction that divine right places him above the laws of reality leads him to lose both his crown and his life. Here, Richard takes the form of a giant robot arm which dialogues on the stage with a film featuring all the other characters while at the same time adjusting the frame, focus and speed. The character’s voice is by actress Emmanuelle Lafon.
The film was shot in a garden and a forest, with three actors and ten amateurs, the great majority of them women. They face a POV camera which is like seeing through Richard’s own eyes – he is replayed in the installation by the gestures of the robot. A confrontation occurs between actors and amateurs, machines and living persons, human and non-human, divine and profane. This opens onto multiple questions about power, technology and politics, gender, the manipulation of speech and images, and presence and absence in the world.