From the thousands of fantastic photographs that will be on show (and for sale) at the Somerset House during Photo London, we managed to pull together a small selection of some of our favorites—an Editors’ Preview of Photo London 2016.
From this eclectic mix, a number of photographers’ work particularly caught our eye. Here, we profile the young, experimental French artist Thibault Brunet (represented by Heinzer Reszler Gallery) whose work focuses on images from world’s other than our own.
In ”Typologie du Virtuel,” Thibault Brunet explores France through Google Earth.
Through its all-embracing character, the international navigation tool Google Earth tends to overshadow the fact that it is a patchwork, resulting from a quantity of thumbnails or vignettes submitted by many thousands of users.
Potential interaction with this data bank is instrumental as well as creative. In this sense, Google Earth presents similarities with the online video games that Thibault Brunet has explored exclusively up until now: a community of users is generated and connected by information sharing.
For his work, Thibault Brunet selects fragments from a virtual world coproduced by multiple individuals. The data updates do not reflect any identifiable objective. Shopping centres, HLM (social housing) and major commercial company towers fall within a global architectural typology, lacking any connection to the region. The artist entrenches them in a specific space and time by adding a defined drop shadow according to the day and time of their production. The shadow is the context, the creation of a projection space vanishing into the mist that the artist compares to a “digital cloud,” where buildings seem to emerge like pop-ups.
By creating a series of images from copyright-free files, Thibault Brunet indirectly raises the question about their source, their potential use and their ownership. Also, by using art to condone a popular practice of consulting and creating images, the artist’s work is in line with interaction that abolishes individual and collective boundaries. His images of images show “active intervention that improves our experience of art as well as of the world in all its breadth.”
Editors’ Note: Photo London 2016 will run from May 19-22, 2016. Thibault Brunet’s work can be found at the Heinzer Reszler booth alongside the work of many other young and experimental photographic artists.