Vision looks at no one
Drawing on psychoanalysis, philosophy, electro-acoustic music, and the German and Russian avant-gardes, through their work Combey Pion challenge the gaps in our mind and the blinders on our perception.
The artists have created a body of work of some 140 video sequences, each a few minutes in length, titled “Pièces à vivre.” These video images of films and documentary plans are a blend of fleeting objects, places and figures.
In this bilingual book (English-French) presenting the artistes’ work, Philippe-Alain Michaud (Art historian and curator at the Centre Pompidou-Musée National d'Art Moderne), through an analysis of the phantom image and the notion of the figure, and Jean-Christophe Royoux (Art critic), taking Joyce’s “chaosmos” as a starting point, suggest a way of interpreting these pieces by Paule Combey and Patrik Pion as symptoms revealing the time and the life of the images they have selected.
. Philippe-Alain Michaud, Through the riddle. On the appearance of figures and the disappearance of bodies
. Jean-Christophe Royoux, Chaosmos or the awakened sleeper : the Pièces à vivre by Patrik Pion and Paule Combey