“Contaminations“ is a series of photos started in April 2020 during the Covid-19 crisis.

The spine appeared to us as a strong symbol of these new physical and social distances born and experienced during this period of isolation. These distances profoundly affect us by transforming our relationship with others and the world. The spine is a mental projection on the perception of our own bodies, marked by fear, suffering and the search for protection.

For many years we have been exploring the question of touch, its sensoriality, its language, its vital strength, its relationship to the world ” “touch, is to touch ourselves, says Merleau-Ponty […] things are the continuation of my body and my body is the continuation of the world which surrounds me […]. The touch and the contact must be understood as the other side of one another” . The object touches us when we touch it, and it dissipates when the contact ends”.(David Le Breton, La Saveur du Monde, 2006)

The question of the skin arises more ardently today, how to apprehend it, perceive it, live it, feel it. The spin, this plant horn, pricks our eyes, sinks into the skin. In the form of a mental image, it goes through us, and it seeks to hybridize with our human elements, skin, flesh and bone. This symbolic hybridization with spines aspires to protect our own body. This body that contaminates and protects itself at the same time. The spin is also a defence that symbolizes life.

By appropriating the spines of the plant, we project excrescences on our body that gradually follow an epidermal evolution, to get closer to a form of animality.

From this period of health crisis, we approach a metamorphosis that is gradually embodied through photos, objects/sculptures and probably installations.

Our artworks follow the concept of hybridization since 2007, in order to explore different artistic process of crossings, meetings, living and symbolic interactions. Crossing different kind of elements allows us to create new symbolic relationships between our human body and our natural and social environment. The hybridization present in our artworks aims to create a singular unity between matter that did not seek to meet.

It is within these delicate crosses that we draw sensitive interactions with the body. The plant has been several times a source of inspiration and matter for our interactive artworks such as «Akousmaflore» or «Matières sensibles», and currently for a series of photos and sculptures. Today, we would like to appropriate and imitate its defences: its spines. We imagine to cross them with our body, in the form of vegetal excrescence.

Author’s details: 
Name: Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancx


For artist duo Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt, interaction in their artworks emerges from using multiple kinds of expression.

The public share extraordinary sensory experiences in their interactive installation

Their artworks are exhibited in museums, contemporary art centres, and digital art festivals across the world : ZKM Karlsruhe Centre for Art and Media (Germany), Daejeon Museum of Art (Korea), Museum Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Canada), NCCA (Moscow), CAM Raleigh (USA), and Bòlit Centre d’Art Contemporani (Girona), Art Center Nabi / INDAF (Seoul), BIACS3 / Biennial International of Contemporary Art of Seville (Spain), Biennial Experimenta (Australia), NAMOC / National Art Museum of China (Beijing) etc.


October 13, 2021

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