Les liminaux
Métamorphose de l’être en sa vision
Lucien Bitaux (FR)
Les liminaux
Métamorphose de l’être en sa vision

Les liminaux describes what resides at the threshold of perception: visible, but only just; invisible, but palpable. The eye, that which sees, serves as the metaphor for the liminal dimension. A photograph is the addition of a lens and of the world behind it; the lens makes the world appear without showing itself. This work on perception and the relativity of the gaze attempts to make appear that which makes seeing possible, which here are called seers (voyants).

A selection of “entoptic” lenses was conceived: they leave clues to their presence in the photographs. The aim then is to make captures via these seers and to show the little world that they present. The liminals thus study what sees, what looks, in order to experiment with seers and seeables. These new instruments of vision and the images they record construct the seer’s doubt when confronted with the real. This working procedure is structured into four stages:

  • approach
  • shrink
  • show
  • relate

Nourished by the phenomenology of perception, this research produces ways of seeing and interrogates the seer-seen, in the manner of the feeling-felt. Several experiences of vision are presented, each one corresponding to a particular world: sometimes it is a matter of under-seeing or over-seeing, in a tension between a precarious real and an imperious real.

Valérie Jouve; Élodie Wattiaux; the Parc Régional d’Armorique — Delphine Kermel; municipality of Ouessant — Marie-Noëlle Miniou; Pauline Delaplace; Cyprien Quairiat and the installations team; Olivier Anselot; Aurélie Brouet; Cédric Martinez; Boris Rogez; François Bonenfant; Louise Déry; Christophe Boulanger; Pascale Pronnier; and all the people who lent this exploration their gaze.

Lucien Bitaux
Lucien Bitaux France
Promotion Jonas Mekas

Lucien Bitaux gained a degree in graphic art at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, where he founded Scoposcopie, a discipline aiming to find new ways of representing imperceptible dimensions (microscopic and macroscopic). Naively, he tirelessly looks for new ways of capturing, of recording and showing the real. This experimental approach draws on the making of its own instruments. Photography in all its forms, capture by means of lenses and light projection are his favoured mediums.

    Production : Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains