GO WITH THE FLOW
The video “Go with the Flow” gives another dimension of the financial and regulatory flow through the symbolic of the water streams. The video screens repetitively a man mopping the floor followed by sets of data extracted from the observation of the watershed during Hurricane Harvey. The constant reproduction of the man cleaning task represents the indubitable inefficiency of single individuals facing the power of computerized data.
The calm but forceful flow of water symbolizes the unseen streams of financial risk.
Finally, the sound mimics a scratched disk which plays continuously the same tune to mark the notion of time passing repetitively.
ORDER FROM CHAOS
The video opposes the structural Order and Chaos with the naturalistic one. The shots of the water in slow motion are associated with images extracted from a Christian Dior fashion show in a delightful garden. The viewers faces are hidden by drawings of distributed networks. The reasoning ad-absurdum reinforce the sensation of the inevitable compliance with organized system.
This video gives us a glimpse of the future where computerized networks will define the natural order of existence.
THE FINALE presents a symbol of the financial devotion towards the credit rating agencies.
The video features a white rabbit, the master, and a boy accomplishing a ritual with letters made of ribbons. The letters represent the credit notation system. The rabbit is filmed on an abandoned stage as a magnificent king disconnected from his environment. Following each ritual, images of surgical tools appear to symbolize the meticulousness of law and regulations in the credit rating agencies operation.
Seven sentences appear in succession and demonstrate the absence of causality between humanity, reason and regulation:
Humanity hates regulations
Regulations love humanity
Reason loves regulations
Humanity hates reason
Regulations love reason
Reason hates humanity
Humanity loves regulations without reason
The Finale is reminiscent of Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot’. It explores the fact that we are waiting for regulatory entities to give a meaningful virtue to the financial system. As we hope for something to establish a coherence between humanity and commerce, The Finale depicts a fanciful landscape of regulation for the outer world. The elements of letters and servitude symbolize an absurd established ritual to satisfy the desire of safety and promise.
REGULATION 1.10 refers to a proposal to limit the leverage in Forex to 1:10. The white bunny is the Speculator Guardian. The video is slow and the atmosphere heavy to emphasize the ferocious ambiguity between wealthiness and normal behavior regarding financial matters.
MIND THE GAP - 2006 - is a remembrance extracted from the behavior through the running of a child to escape a deadly threat.
The video MY FANCY NEIGHBORHOOD - 2006 presents a slide show where photographs, taken right after a devastating hurricane landfall in a southern US State alternate with altered images on the same spot taken several months after reconstruction. The photos are not spectacular nor sensational on purpose to emphasize every little failures that individuals could experience during an unforeseen event.
IL EST DANGEREUX DE SE PENCHER AU DEHORS - 2004 shows the different stages of life which is considered like a forgotten memory.