Re: Walden, Jean-François Peyret, after Henry David Thoreau

In addition to the themes the artwork and the software have in common—memory, technological augmentation, discursivity – Re: Walden is a complex object ideal for putting Rekall through its paces:

  • the complexity of forms and the staging process: this project, launched in 2009 following a proposal by the EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center) in Troy (NY, USA) has gone through several stages so far: installations at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains (June 2010 and February 2013), a musical performance at Empac (March 2012), a theatrical version at Théâtre Paris- Villette (June 2010 and June 2011) then at the Avignon Festival (July 2013), and an extension into an virtual world with the collaboration of Agnès de Cayeux (2010 to 2013). All these metamorphoses have a common thread: they are based on a reading of Walden or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau.
  • the complexity of the artistic contributions: as usual, Jean-François Peyret works hand in hand with a number of different people: Agnès de Cayeux (virtual world), Alexandros Markeas (music), Thierry Coduys (electroacoustic and computer systems), Pierre Nouvel (video), François Yvon (translation software).

An initial stage involved collecting documents from members of Jean-François Peyret’s team. Several thousands documents have been collected, sorted and analysed. In parallel, functionalities have been implemented in the software, such as the option of creating semantic maps that make it possible to monitor the development of a concept as the work progresses through its various stages.

Produced by Cie tf2 – Jean-François Peyret, Coproduction La Colline-théâtre national (Paris)

With the support of Festival d’Avignon,  La Chartreuse de Villeneuve lez Avignon, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, USA), Centre national du Théâtre, Le Fresnoy Studio national des Arts contemporains (Tourcoing), Centre des Écritures contemporaines et numériques (Mons), Dicréam, Mairie de Paris, Institut Numédiart de l’Umons (Mons), Acapela (Belgium), Laboratoire d’Informatique pour la Mécanique et les Sciences de l’Ingénieur (CNRS), Arcadi, Spedidam, SACD.