|Sylvie Ungauer I Residency from October 1999 to January 2000
Sylvie Ungauer lives and works in Brest. She has participated in numerous European projects: the Bourses Pépinières Europeans in Dortmund, she exhibited at Kunst Europa Frankreich in Ludwiburg. She has also had many solo exhibitions in France: at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Strasbourg, L'Arteppes in Annecy, l'Ecole des Beaux Arts de Tours, the FRAC (contemporary collections) Center in Orléans.
Sylvie Ungauer is interested in the bonds and networks that structure our society. But she is also interested in the relationship between the individual, the space he inhabits, and the outside world. She principally uses materials that serve as carriers and transmitters, such as video tape, optic fiber, and the Internet.
During her stay at the Atelier Calder, she created two works entitled At Home and Village, featured during her solo exhibition at the FRAC Center Orléans at the end of her residency.
At Home represents a town composed of elements whose forms are inspired by urban and industrial architecture, as well as from fashion accessories. It is however a uniform grouping that appears by their closely related size and the material that covers them: knitted video tape. Used normally as a medium for images of events and information, it becomes here the link element shared between all these buildings.
The second installation, Village, deals with the absence of the human relationship between Internet users. All connected by the Internet networks and carriers of information, being the source of exchange (symbolized here by small screens illuminated by optic fiber), each user remains isolated from the others, coming to connect to this network independently and anonymously. Thus, the artist shows the profound modifications that the Internet brings in the means of communication but also on the models of existing human relations.