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Laurent Grasso in 7.83


Laurent Grasso's work is situated in a constant back and forth between reality and fiction. The artist explores and deciphers this fragile limit between reason and faith, reality and illusion, science and its marginal variations - without proselytizing or dogmatism, but by revealing or trying to probe these spaces of uncertainties. .

7.83 Hz is the frequency of the resonances measured in the earth's electromagnetic field, which the German physicist Winfried Otto Schumann predicted to exist in the 1950s, and which were identified and called ten years later "resonances of Schumann ”. Sparking a number of interpretations and theories, this discovery also generated the production of objects, in particular Schumann wave generator boxes, supposed to re-harmonize the human brain with these extremely slow frequencies, circulating between the surface of the human body. Earth and the ionosphere.

Laurent Grasso's exhibition 7.83 questions our perception of reality through fields as heterogeneous as those of science, belief, power and time. So many aspects of knowledge that touch the boundaries of the perceptible and the invisible, the real and the fictional. Participating in a new way of considering the materiality of works, the sculptures, drawings, videos and installations presented in 7,83 are embodied in materials and forms, but they also manifest an unsuspected and unknown reality, both intangible and invisible: that of the electromagnetic waves that certain works broadcast, for some in a fantasized way, for others, effectively. The exhibition space is thus immersed in a bath of frequencies emitted by hybrid and active sculptures, the operation of which has an imperceptible but possible effect on the body and mind of the visitor.

Supposed to create real energy transfers, these works reflect a long-standing interest in machine aesthetics as well as the parallel sciences and their complex relationship to reality. Laurent Grasso looked closely at the anthropologist on discoveries more or less accepted by academic science and made by sometimes controversial personalities, such as Georges Lakhovsky or Rudolf Steiner. Navigating between belief and science, he was inspired by objects that involved the use of these waves for therapeutic or scientific purposes, and revisited them in sensitive and enigmatic sculptural forms, which freely dialogue with eyes carved in rocks. marble or charcoal drawings evoking spirit photography.

By exploring scientific or para-scientific materials, the artist thus opens up many fields of reflection, such as the magnetism of matter and the profound changes in the natural world, specific to our post-anthropocene era. With 7.83 Laurent Grasso plunges us into a world of uncertainties, he questions our thought systems and opens us to an unknown world, on the borders of protosciences, the power of waves, etheric vibrations and telluric rumors.
 

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