À l’heure de la sieste
Jonathan Paquet (FR)
À l’heure de la sieste

Sandwiched between the sea and vine-clad hills, Collioure is one of those towns where light seems particularly at home. People live in keeping with the rhythm of light. It conjures up the light of time. The latter slows down at certain times of the day, particularly after lunch. A unique time, which can be sensed in the activities taking place all around, which are themselves slowed down. Reading, rest, contemplation: everyone chooses their own way of being. This is the moment commonly called the siesta, which is evoked in the installation.

À l’heure de la sieste invites viewers to enter a space where they can lie down in front of a video projection. They see part of an interior, including a window opening onto the world. Through headphones they hear sounds that are an invitation to escape. There’s also a virtual reality headset for exploring the interior in full. The way you move through space using your gaze influences the presence of a figure and the gestures it makes. Through light, the latter’s movement reveals a representation of space and consequently volumes and colours.

This scene echoes artist Henri Matisse’s work focused on his windows during the summers he spent at Collioure.

Les équipes du Fresnoy – Studio national, François Bonenfant, Pascal Buteaux, Pascale Pronnier, Madeleine Van Doren, Daniel Dobbels, Charles-Edouard Mounguende, Arthur Thébault, Thomas Wierzbinski, Jean-Claude Demeure, Claire Muchir, Caroline Barrère, Fréderic Prieur, Marin Paran, Françoise Cottet et Emilie Dhuin.

Jonathan Paquet
Jonathan Paquet France
Promotion Michelangelo Antonioni

Born in 1986, in Poitiers (86). After receiving technical (BTS Audiovisuel) and then artistic training (Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing), Jonathan Paquet started combining light and colour, which are inseparable from each other. He also explores the space of the image and the concepts of the real and the virtual. His inter-disciplinary approach opens up avenues of experimentation, enabling him to rethink the modern image by drawing on the past. These experiences have naturally led him to create bridges between painting, photography and cinema through digital and new technologies.


2008 BTS Audiovisuel (EICAR PAris)
2012 Licence Journaliste Reporter d'images (EICAR Paris)
2017 DNSEP (ESA Tourcoing)

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  • Collaboration: Joséphine Matamoros
  • Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains est né de la volonté du ministère de la Culture et de la Communication d’implanter dans le nord de la France, un établissement supérieur d’enseignement artistique d’un type nouveau, pôle d’excellence d’envergure nationale et internationale, dont les références furent exprimées par quelques formules telles que « un IRCAM des arts plastiques » ou encore « une villa Médicis high-tech ».

Sa pédagogie, principalement fondée sur la production d’œuvres de toute sorte dont le point commun est l’intégration de techniques audiovisuelles professionnelles, en fait un lieu de production, d’expérimentation et de diffusion totalement inédit.

Source: http://www.lefresnoy.net/fr/Le-Fresnoy/presentation
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