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Bertrand Planes. Bump It! Tour 2011

November 4 – December 18, 2011

Bertrand Plane – the star of the French art scene, a special guest of the 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art.

The schedule of the project:
The project starts in "ARCA" Gallery, Vladivostok
The final exhibition: the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Moscow 

Bump it! is a process applied to a series of Bertrand Planes' art pieces. The artist finds and sets up an object or group of objects - mostly trivial, second hand, humanized - in an exhibition space. He then snaps a photo. The created scene is then covered over evenly with white paint with the help of a gun. Photographs of the scene (now white) are stored and processed by a device developed in collaboration with the National Research Center of France (CNRS). In the exhibition space, a video projector screens the original image onto the white shapes. The software smoothes out anamorphosis and distortion as the projection decorates the initial scene again by faithfully adhering to its outlines, colors and texture, which creates the impression of whiteness a trompe-l'oeil (optical illusion). The projection alternates like a slide-show between white neutrality - which reveals a stripped-down scene while highlighting its physical reality - and a trompe-l'oeil that once again lends color and texture to set up. This paradoxically grants a familiar aspect to the new scene.

For a European, travelling through Russia inevitably calls to mind a succession of white landscapes. Landscapes so wide they become abstract. Representing both an abstract and concrete space of projection, Russia is perceived almost as a natural Bump it!

For his Bump it! Tour, Bertrand Planes will travel by Renault Koleos car, contributed by Renault car manufacturing group, through 12 cities, from Vladivostok to Moscow, and create 12 Bump it! in each one of them. The short timeframe and the vast distances covered have compelled the artist to undertake his series of successive exhibitions with a rhythm of maximal organization and controlled dreaming. Every stage of the journey will be a source of material and a new inspiration for a series of exhibitions which, by definition, will be excessive. The artist will carry out the experiments, with the help of a video projector and a car, throughout natural sites encountered during his trip.

A last Bump it! will be presented in Moscow as a result of the inevitable and anticipated exhaustion of the artist, in both physical and creative sense. "Why another piece?" - this "dead angel" question about art is underlined by the voluntarily excessive device. A film recounting the trip from Vladivostok to Moscow will accompany this last installation and will be part of the artist's work of art on the same level as the series of exhibitions. This film will draw its inspiration from the "road movie" genre but will also include elements of a "making of".

Bump it! Tour 2011 Cites: Vladivostok - Irkutsk - Novosibirsk - Yekaterinburg - Perm - Nizhny Novgorod - Kazan - Togliatti - Saratov - Rostov-on-Don — Moscow.

About artist:
Bertrand Planes is a young renowned French artist who works as with complex computer technologies and video as with ordinary household objects, which he uses in his installations. The artist has more than 40 personal and collective exhibitions in France, the United States, Armenia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, Denmark, Belgium and Russia under his belt. In Russia exhibitions and lectures by Plan took place in Sankt-Petersburg in 2009 and 2010 and in Yekaterinburg in the 2010 year.

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