The genre of portraiture within the mutating reality of the digital age.

Portrait no.1 / Portrait One

Luc Courchesne

1989-1990

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In his installation, Courchesne revises the genre of portraiture by trying to grasp it within the mutating reality of the digital age. Cast in a novel form of an intermedial portrait which is being created here and now, it is simultaneously a record of ever new and different encounters. The portrait of Marie which we can see is, basically, a reflection of a video image displayed on the monitor, with the monitor itself and other parts of the installation equipment hidden from our sight. This device removes redundant mediations and, at the same time, de-fetishizes technology as such.

Portrait no.1 / Portrait One