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Valérian Mazataud

Eigion

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Et d'une voie forte le maître cria : «Le noble art est sans intention, sans but ! Le plus obstinément tu essaieras d'apprendre à tirer ta flèche pour atteindre la cible, et le moins tu y parviendras. Ce qui te bloque le passage, c'est ta volonté qui est bien trop présente. Tu penses que ce que tu ne fais pas toi même ne se manifeste pas.»  Le Zen dans l'art du tir à l'arc. Eugen Herrigel
Eigion est une installation photographique qui explore l'absence d'intention, le vide et la perte. Ce projet a été réalisé durant l'été 2013, lors d'une résidence du Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec au Aberystwyth Arts Center du Pays de Galles. Dans Eigion (océan en Gallois), des sténopés de l'horizon marin, pris à la nuit tombante, sont exposés sous la forme d'un livre accordéon géant dont les pages mesurent presque un mètre de long. Si la peinture monochrome a pu inspirer l'esthétique des images, c'est le Kyudo, l'art du tir à l'arc japonais, qui a inspiré mon approche. Dans le Kyudo, la flèche doit être tirée sans intention d'atteindre la cible. Elle doit être tirée pour elle même, et c'est dans cet état d'esprit que j'ai voulu réaliser ces images : des photographies du sujet le plus simple prise sans lentille et sans autre but que la contemplation. Ainsi, l'océan, m'apparaît comme un canevas, un état de fait, sans intention, sans but ni émotion, sur lequel chacun est libre de projeter ses sentiments et ses réflexions.
In a loud voice the Master cried : «The right art is purposeless, aimless ! The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen. Zen in the art of archery. Eugen Herrigel
Eigion/Le rivage is a photographic installation reflecting on the absence of purpose and emptiness. In a king size concertina book, with pages almost a meter long, I display the multiple variations of the ocean horizon line at dusk. Taken with a digital pinhole camera, the long exposures of up to 8 minutes are inspired by japanese archery, Kyudo, where the arrow has to be shot without intention. Taking pictures of that very simple horizon, the straight limit between the sky and the water seemed like a very sensed thing to do. At times, it seemed like trying to capture a picture I was carrying within me. Eigion/Le rivage is also a reflexion on purpose and intention. While taking this long exposures, my tripod firmly planted into the sand, I tried not to take a picture, but to let the image impress itself, photographing with no clear intention of doing so. Some practitioners of Kyudo, the japanese art of archery, believe that you should shoot your arrow without any intention of doing so and without trying to aim. That's how I felt while taking these photographs. The ocean appears to me as a state of being, a physical fact with no moods, intention, or goals, and yet a screen where everyone seems to project its own feelings and reflexion.

In a loud voice the Master cried : «The right art is purposeless, aimless ! The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen.
Zen in the art of archery. Eugen Herrigel
Eigion/Le rivage is a photographic installation reflecting on the absence of purpose and emptiness. In a king size concertina book, with pages almost a meter long, I display the multiple variations of the ocean horizon line at dusk. Taken with a digital pinhole camera, the long exposures of up to 8 minutes are inspired by japanese archery, Kyudo, where the arrow has to be shot without intention.
Taking pictures of that very simple horizon, the straight limit between the sky and the water seemed like a very sensed thing to do. At times, it seemed like trying to capture a picture I was carrying within me.
Eigion/Le rivage is also a reflexion on purpose and intention. While taking this long exposures, my tripod firmly planted into the sand, I tried not to take a picture, but to let the image impress itself, photographing with no clear intention of doing so. Some practitioners of Kyudo, the japanese art of archery, believe that you should shoot your arrow without any intention of doing so and without trying to aim. That's how I felt while taking these photographs.
The ocean appears to me as a state of being, a physical fact with no moods, intention, or goals, and yet a screen where everyone seems to project its own feelings and reflexion.