Installation, vidéo, 19 min
Ange is the product of the relationship between two artists and a “hikikomori”. This term, imported from Japan and without any equivalent in France, refers to children, and sometimes even adolescents, who choose not to leave their rooms or their apartment for months or even years at a time. This is the case with Ael, who has shut himself away in a hut in the garden of the family home for 13 years, somewhere in the South of France.
The artistic duo fleuryfontaine were in touch with him via internet, and used the medium of the video game to attempt to recreate the universe of this “hikikomori” and engage in conversation during gaming sessions, when Ael moves around in environments created by his two correspondents. Through his room, the objects in it, the parental home and his neighbourhood, this film reveals the fragmentary portrait of a man who has withdrawn from the world.