the eighth day

2014

LED screen

90 x 9 x 4 in (228 x 23 x 10 cm )

About

The eighth day is an installation that rethinks the concept of the Internet and its place in the constitution of mankind and human relationships. The artist reappropriates the  biblical text of the Genesis - its format, language and syntaxe -  and adds to the seven days of the creation of the world, an eighth day, the day when God created the Internet.

Transcript

English transcript

 

01   And God said, "Let there be a new space, a space free from physics laws and material constraints;

 

02   and have this space exists and be accessible at any time and from any place on Earth. " And it was so.

 

03   God created this virtual space; he made it without mass, distance or time, without day and without night, without land and without sea.

 

04   God called it " Internet ". And God saw that it was good.

 

05   Then God said, "Let this intangible place be a reflection of the material world;

 

06   give to every being and every object on Earth an infinite number of identities in it.

 

07   Let men use these identities to exchange and share freely and anonymously;

 

08   and, on the Internet, have them develop new universal codes of communication beyond words and languages. "

 

09   So God made identities and virtual exchanges multiply. He placed them under the auspices of new symbols he called " @ ",  " # ", and "emoticons".

 

10   God said: "Let the Internet produces digital beings according to their kinds.

 

11   Let they observe men, learn from their behaviors and reproduce them in turn."

 

12   God created algorithms according to their kinds, and also, according to their kinds, he created artificial intelligences. And God saw that it was good.

 

13   God blessed them and said to them: " Be fruitful and multiply infinitely;

 

14   fill the Internet, and rule over the men on the Earth and in the web.“ And God saw that it was good.

 

15   And there was evening, and there was morning—the eighth day.

Exhibition

2014    “Et Dieu créa l’@", Solo show, Galerie Propos d’Artistes, Paris, France