Interview: One Life Remains

Interview: One Life Remains
Image courtesy of One Life Remains

Interview: One Life Remains

 

Luca Curci talks with One Life Remains, the winner of Performing Art category of IT’S LIQUID INTERNATIONAL CONTEST 4TH EDITION 2017.

Considering video game as a major medium, the Paris based collective One Life Remains works towards exploring its properties since 2010. This approach influenced by radical design as well as hardcore gaming and philosophy results in a series of objects that pushes the boundaries of the medium. These creations can take several forms (ephemeral art, monumental installation, concept game) and provide different types of game experience (party play, intellectual play, sensorial play). The collective’s main axes of research are the relation between players and spectators, the question of the digital medium’s obsolescence, the link between games and gesture or between games and performing, along with the theme of control. The collective has shown numerous pieces around the world: Museum of Technology (Moscow), Art Science Gallery (Dublin), Galerie K11 (Wuhan), Cmoda (Shanghaï), La GaïtéLyrique (Paris), Vector Festival (Toronto), etc. One Life Remains currently comprises four members: André Berlemont, Kevin Lesur, Brice Roy and Franck Weber.

 

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Luca Curci – Has the artwork presented been created for the contest or as a part of preexisting works?

One Life Remains – Les disciplines du rectangle have been presented for the first time at La Fondation du Doute, Blois, France, an art exhibition center dedicated to Fluxus, at the initiative of Ben Vautier. It is a work around the tryptic Body, Society and Control at the age of Digital. The installation is planned to be exhibited in several art festivals during the next months, such as FILE (july 2017) or La Nuit Blanche of Brussels (october 2017).

 

L. C. – Please tell me what are you working at right now…

O. L. R. – We are currently at Co-mutations, a contemporary art residency in Saint CirqLapopie, in the south of France. The new proposition we are working on is called JeuxInvertis. I like to consider it as a special kind of digital matter, similar to a sensual grid, a glitchy liquid, a stream you can shape or distort.

 

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L. C. – What is art for you?

O. L. R. – We call art something that put in play something which was previously considered stable.

 

L. C. – How is being an artist nowadays?

O. L. R. – Being an artist nowadays is a pirouette.

 

L. C. – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

O. L. R. – This hardest part is to manage to create a tension in the very heart of your core system. If you don’t manage to do so, you can try what you want, your proposition will never be a game.

 

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L. C. – Did you style change over the years? How?

O. L. R. – The topic of control has become more and more important for us with time. It started has a way to create new forms of interaction. From this topic, we came to explore different kind of controllers, which leads us to the question of body, taxidermy, anthropometry. In the next years, we will probably search around the question of delegation, always in relationship with control and interactivity.

 

L. C. – Do you think It’s LIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists? Did you feel comfortable cooperating with us?

O. L. R. – Yes.

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