press release

In search of The least of the world [1]… The FRAC Lorraine invites you into an exploration of your inner sensations stimulated by retinal and auditory waves and vibrations.

If meditation is at the heart of many religions and spiritual beliefs, not to mention medical practice, it may be that vacuity of the mind and altered states of consciousness are inherent to the functioning of our mind, of our brain. As corroborated by scientific research, the mind's functioning is characterized by its "plasticity," or its capacity to re-organize neural connections according to experiences undergone by the organism. Gerald Edelman, Nobel Prize winner in Medicine in 1972, goes as far as to speak of "neural Darwinism."

It is therefore "enough" to train one's mind so that it improves its sensory and conceptual disposition. To learn to meditate would be then one way of changing our inborn ways of feeling, and thus of being.

We invite you to a meditative break, to an eclipse, to a search for invisible realities…

The selected works "materialize" in the form of preparatory or hypothetical sketches of meditative spaces (Tania Mouraud, Yazid Oulab, Ian Wilson); musical and colorful writing (Craigie Horsfield); "visual, nomadic propositions" (Ann Veronica Janssens); manifestations of a mental state (Marina Abramović); and spaces inviting to contemplation (Susanna Fritscher).

The environment fills with sound, resounding with electro-acoustic music with a touch of Oriental traditions: Charles Curtis, Jean-Claude Eloy, Morton Feldman, Henry Flynt, Catherine Christer Hennix, Éliane Radigue… and the infinite descent of Ann Veronica Janssens and Michel François inspired by the work of Jean-Claude Risset.

[1] The French phrase was inspired by the title of a book by the poet and philosopher Roger Munier (born in Nancy in 1923, died in 2010, buried in Xertigny in the Vosges), Le moins du monde, Gallimard, Paris, 1982. The book of poems has not yet been translated into English.

The least of the world

Künstler: Marina Abramovic, Susanna Fritscher, Craigie Horsfield, Ann Veronica Janssens, Tania Mouraud, Yazid Oulab, Ian Wilson & Charles Curtis, Jean-Claude Eloy, Morton Feldman, Henry Flynt, Catherine Christer Hennix, Eliane Radigue