Magali Daniaux & Cédric Pigot
Seed Vault, 2016
VR experience for Oculus Rift
This experience propose to imagine the Arctic as a gigantic back-up, a huge protective reserve, for a biocentric humankind living in environments that are climate-controlled and designed to order. “The fridge world” – a promise of death and eternity. We were given the blue print of the facility and reproduced the Vault in 3D. Our Seed Vault is empty, no seed because we think that they are already been stolen by GMO companies who finance the real Seed Vault through the Global Crop Diversity Trust. But, at the bottom of our Vault you will find the Extraflower that conserve the recorded voice of the last human on planet Earth describing the world around him in a kind of ecstasy. So what we decided to conserve is a poem: The Beep of the Soul
We present the work with a scent that we have created : SEED
SEED (Fragrance): Cocktail of Aldehydes which bring strong ionized notes, menthol for freezy notes and norlimbanol to give to the scent a technological aspect. SEED is a poetic gesture, a reflexion on the empty, of the materiality of an artwork, an attempt to deal with the idea of conservation and climate-controlled environments.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Since they met in 2001, the Magali Daniaux and Cédric Pigot’s joint work bears the dual hallmark of experimentation and performance. Their pieces bring together various media, associating elements from opposite ranges, with a taste for connections between Sci-Fi and documentary forms, high-tech engineering and fantasy tales, heavyweight materials and fleeting sensations. Starting with installations and objects, their work soon included experimental actions and more immaterial artistic gestures. Videos, sound art, music, poetry, olfactive research, virtual works bordering the digital arts have formed, over the past years, a cycle of works dealing with climate change, economic, political and geo-strategic issues, urban development and food management. They are currently working in Alaska on land art projects dealing with time, archaeology, geology and climate change.
Their work was shown in leading institutions and festivals : Terminal B, in kirkenes - Norway, in 2017, Cosmoscow, in moscow in 2017, festival acce)s(, in Pau, 2016, Musée du Jeu de Paume in Paris in 2014, Venice Biennial of Architecture in Italy in 2014, Barents Spektakel in 2013 in Norway, Ultima Festival, at Oslo Opera in 2011, Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2011, Qui Vive International Biennial in Moscow in 2010 and Dashanzi Art Festival in Beijing in 2004
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