Bertrand Lamarche - Looping

LOOPING, 2011
Installation, deck, record, camera, fluorescent tube, table, speakers, amplifier, vocoder, microphone
Edition of 2

Collection FRAC Ile de France, Paris>

Bertrand Lamarche, Looping, 2011, view of the exhibition
Bertrand Lamarche, Looping, 2011, view of the exhibition " Paint it Black" at Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, 2013
©Martin Argyroglo

In a sense, Lamarche takes the rigid and primarily male-dominated ideologies and claims to power manifested in the history of modern art and architecture and presents them in drag—as a sign for the construct of cultural and sexual identity in continuous metamorphosis. In this regard, Looping (2011), the video and sound installation at the core of the current exhibition, is equally inspired by kinetic art as it is by personal longings and processes of development. A fan of Kate Bush, Lamarche had a moment of awakening while listening to the album “The Kick Inside” and the song “Wuthering Heights” that was both illuminating and confusing: he realized that Kate Bush was exactly the woman he wanted to be. He not only investigated the nuances of her movements and singing down to the very last detail, but also began playing “The Kick Inside” backwards and listening to individual sections over and over again in order to generate the perfect loop from them. In Looping Kate Bush, this experience of being completely trapped in the projection of a potential female self, this constant replaying of the same record, the repetition of moments and feelings and their simultaneous analysis become compressed into a mixture of dream machine, light space, and hypnotic prison. In the process, Lamarche uses a technique that is related to Brion Gysin’s psychedelic Dream Machine: a metallic cylinder lit by an inspection lamp is placed on a turntable and made to rotate at 33 rpm atop a record with a 1,8 second loop. This is filmed by a webcam mounted onto the record player that projects the image live via video beamer onto a screen. In tandem with the reflective cylinder’s rotation, the beamer’s projection ray wanders around the room. Lamarche lends a physical dimension to the projection of desire. Through an interplay of sound and light, he creates artificial feelings and movements that are both interior and exterior, while the constant repetition gives rise to a loop in real time in which acoustic and spatial perceptions merge.

text by OLIVER KOERNER VON GUSTORF, 2011

Bertrand Lamarche, Looping, 2011
Exhibition view at Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, 2013 © Martin Argyroglo

Bertrand Lamarche, Looping, 2011 Exhibition view at Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, 2013
© Martin Argyroglo


Bertrand Lamarche, Looping, 2011 Exhibition view at Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, 2013
© Martin Argyroglo


Bertrand Lamarche, Looping, 2011 Exhibition view at Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, 2013
© Martin Argyroglo