press release

The installation Copy and Paste presented by Sylvie Boisseau and Frank Westermeyer comprises three screened videos.

In the first, a man wielding a red flag is shown trying to direct cars towards parking spots. In the second, we see Frank Westermeyer reproduce the same activity at the same place.

The third video, however, actually takes place in two parts and uses the blue screen technique (also known as bluescreening and blue box): an action is filmed against a uniformly blue background, then is “carved out,” i.e., processed out to be projected, now shorn of its original context, in a different setting.

In Copy and Paste, a street in Geneva serves as a background on which visitors to the exhibition are overlaid as they are filmed live using the blue screen technique in the venue. To do this of course, visitors have to play along with the proposed game. They are invited to grab a red flag and wave it, imitating the gestures of the two men who figure in the two other videos.

This device gives full meaning to “copy and paste,” which of course refers to the process widely used in world of computers. The process, transmitted from machine to man, is shifted to a broader context and is transformed into a way of being in this case. We copy/we imitate, we paste/we adapt. Viewers copy by imitation and their recopied gestures are literally pasted in, displaced in a different environment which they are adapted to.

Sylvie Boisseau is born in 1970 in Thiais, in France.

Frank Westermeyer is born in 1971, in Essen, in Germany. He is a teacher for video art at l'Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts in Geneva.


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Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer
Copy and Paste