In collaboration with Prune Simon-Vermot
The starting point of this research is the stylistics book Exercises de Style by Raymond Queneau. In this work the French writer depicts the same story in 99 different ways. The story we chose to tell is:
A man, a woman, a meeting, a cave, a stone and water.
Our visual essay is similar to the approach of the father of the Oulipo, whereas constraints stimulate the imagination and lead to new experiments. In this sense we are starting from an initial assumption that is invariable and which we re-interpret through different prisms, whether of genre, aesthetics or methode. Raymond Queneau, because of the exegesis of his own text examines the issues, foundations and scope of literature. In short, he reviews the tools available to the writer when composing a text and thus demonstrates the importance of different literary languages. Similarly we try to always tell the same story while perceptibly changing the approach, whether through a different technique (solarization, photograms,large format images, iphone images , etc.), through the uses of a particular artifice (blur, motion, negativity, colorimetry, black/white, duotone, cyanotype, etc.) or by choosing a particular style (still life, portrait, landscape, etc.). By limiting ourselves to the initial constraint our aim is to question the discipline itself and the possibilities for us to create compositions with infinite variations.