Claire Williams (FR)

ix shapes rest in the center of a big flat disc. One recalls the amorphous pieces of silicon produced by the impact of lightning strike on sand, while the others may resemble to jellyfishes, corals or seaweeds living in the depths of unknown seas. Each one is filled of a matter-energy which shades and structure are unique. These six shapes are all different but they no doubt belong to the same class of objects, the same category of things. To physicists they recall the tubes used by Heinrich Geissler to experiment on the behavior of certain gases when electrical current flows through them. To those who visit shops in science museums they remind the luminous globes that react to touch. To explorers of the northern latitudes, they recall the aurora borealis. They are at once all of these and at the same time neither of them. They are filled with noble gases that compose the interstellar environment: argon, neon, krypton, xenon, nitrogen. They are made of the same matter of the sun: plasma. Plasma is the fourth state of matter, it composes 99 % of our visible universe but none of the 100 % of the one we evolve in. What is strange is to hear its activity as if it came from inside our bodies, when we place our elbows on the ring that surrounds the disc. The entire installation pulses to the rhythm of the sun’s electromagnetic activity.

Claire Williams
Claire Williams France
Promotion André S. Labarthe

Claire Williams is an artist based in Brussels. Her main mediums are sound, textile and electronics. Her works explore our relation to the world of the invisible. They construct apparatuses and devices which pick up imperceptible or inaudible date from our electromagnetic spectrum. These interactions are expressed in the play of languages – through sound, textiles, digital media or touch.


Master à l'Ecole National Supérieur des Art Visuels de La Cambre (Bruxelles) en Design Textile

    • 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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