According to Rémi Brun, the deviser and creator of Tranquilles, there’s a direct connection between the movement of our body and the movement of our brain. In many languages there is also a connection between the words, e.g. motion and emotion. This work is about rowing, according to Brun ‘a cyclic, repetitive movement that leads to calmness.’ This applies of course to the rower himself, but what’s really interesting is that the spectator of this work also calms down. It is as if we endlessly plunge the oars into the water ourselves. And there’s another aspect of this work that shows we have great emphatic abilities. If you look closely you see that this miraculous illusion consists of only fourty spots of light on the surface of the water. Nonetheless we unfailingly recognise the image of two people in a boat, one of whom is a passenger and the other the rower. We do this automatically, without having to be explained wat is going on. Brun: My work mainly consists of emptiness which the spectator will have to fill in himself.’ Again it is our empathy which has to do the job and again it is our brain which is set into motion. Because, says Brun: ‘It is up to the spectator to decide who these two people are.’
Biochemist & artist
French artist Rémi Brun is a doctoral candidate in biomechanics. For the past 20 years, he has gained experience as the founder of one of Europe’s leading motion capture studios, Mocaplab. In addition, he developed the concept of the moving sculpture in 1996. After years of manipulating virtual movements on a daily basis, Brun sees movement as something that stands on its own. Within his artistic work, he focuses on this invisible material, on the beauty and the power of movement.