Artists Remake the World
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The Author : Marie Canet

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Marie Canet is a French art critic and film curator. She hascollaborated with institutions such as the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire dujudaïsme or the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Credac (Ivry), the Frac Aquitaine(Bordeaux), Flat Time House or the Tate Modern (London). Her last publishedbook is Juntos en la Sierra, Speech Act, identités et globalisation (ShelterPress, 2018). She is currently working on a monograph on the work of Marc Camille Chaimowicz. She teaches aesthetics at École des Beaux-arts de Lyon.

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Essay by Marie Canet
28 November 2019

Brice Dellsperger
Capital desire and algorithms

Essay by Marie Canet

Since the mid-1990s, Brice Dellsperger has been creating a series of videos catalogued under the generic title Body Double. In this work, shot by shot, the artist remakes cult scenes from film history, particularly big industry Hollywood movies. This ‘doubling’ strives to make a complete copy of an original scene (set, actors, cinematography…). There is often just one “actor” playing every role: lead parts and extras are embodied by the same person, perched atop high heels, equipped with fake breasts and masked in make-up. Assembled in 2D spaces thanks to 3D modeling tools and special effects, these multiplying bodies illustrate how desires and identities turn into memes.

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