Valérie Hallier - NEWS


Using multiple media from video to drawings, interactive media or beads, my work is conceptual, project based and usually takes the form of series or installations. Through the observation, the collection and the visualization of subjective information, most projects explore the absurdity and the poetry within the process of exhaustive study. They investigate the interstices between technology and art as metaphors that reveal the way we see ourselves today. A recurrent theme in my work is the notion of portraiture rendered in a contemporary context.

As a child, I was obsessed with the idea of drawing every single thing that exists in the world. Despite its naive quality, this yearning for exhaustivity infuses my work today. I am fascinated by the idea of representing “all”, through the serial depiction of the particular, every single one person, every aspect, place, object, and the immersive allusion to “the whole”, the universal. The recurrent and consuming desire to catalog up to the absurd is a way to understand the world around me. The systematization and hierarchization that ensue can both help communicate and/or alienate.

Computer technology, like an extension of our brain, offers great tools to archive, organize and visualize information, yet its limitations betray our own. The restrictions and the flaws of technology have aesthetic and semantic qualities that defy the perfection we'd like "machines" to emulate. Yet, the "mysteries" of technology are very potent for most users.

By way of practices and rituals like taking a picture a day, visualizing and ranking all the people I’ve known, cataloging every object I own, recording every online conversation, or portraying someone ad nauseam – each project confronts intimate and subjective data with the systematization of mechanical processes.

-"Hallier's work follows an integrative continuum that utilizes technology as tool and object, generating an exquisite tension between the humanistic and mechanistic sense of Being." J.Escalona.

By emulating technology’s processes and exposing my own obsessive ones, my work renders systems and patterns that describe a contemporary character. The resulting portraits or self-portraits reveal in turn the intimately technological and the systematically human.

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