Auctus animalis, an increased animal. Is an initiatory fable on the metamorphosis of hybrid species, a poetic question on the transformation of the living. At the crossroads of speculative biology and surrealism, the project of Vincent Fournier and Sébastien Gaxie is an astonishing futuristic bestiary associating history and anticipation, memory and science fiction. Auctus animalis, questions new relationships with nature in our world of tomorrow.
“This initiatory story of the Levant captain, who undertakes a big journey during which he meets and fraternizes with a fantastic bestiary: a flying cat, a time maker of time, a scribe butterfly, a palimpsest fish and many other species with extravagant donations . These animals do not find their place on earth, because they are hybrid creatures. To restore a balance they must become stars. We are going to be witnesses to this transformation. The captain, engaged by a consortium, goes to seek with a crew reduces meteorite in the Pacific. The meteorite seems to contain brownleeite, a metal that could accelerate the space conquest. The captain will not find the material so desired but a mirage island, a reflection of his desires. In this magic island, metaphorical , plants, minerals and animals have been shaped, increased by invisible intelligence. ”
Sébastien Gaxie and Vincent Fournier
Vincent Fournier French photographer artist whose work explores the imaginations of the future, that of yesterday and the one we imagine for tomorrow: space adventure, humanoid robots, utopian architectures, technological transformation of the living …
He was born in 1970 in Ouagadougou and lived in Paris. After a double mastery in sociology and cinema he graduated from the National School of Photography in Arles in 1997.
His works are part of several permanent collections, in particular: Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) New York, Center Pompidou Paris, Mast Bologna Foundation, Dragonfly Collection from the Estal of the Etangs in Massignac, LVMH collection with Le Bon Marché in Paris, Baccarat New Collection -York …
Sébastien Gaxie, compositeur, pianiste. Son travail est lié à la pulsation, aux polyrythmies et à la synchronisation millimétrique de la musique à un autre art du temps, comme la danse ou le cinéma.
Œuvres marquantes :
2022 : Cosmic Dance, pour orchestre, maîtrise, chœur, grand orchestre, orgue et percussionniste indien (Radio–France 2022)
2016 : Je suis un homme ridicule, d’après Fiodor Dostoïevski Opéra (Athénée)
2014 : Céleste ma planète, Opéra pour enfants (Salle Pleyel)
2013 : A feast for the ears A sonic approach to Gastronomy ,(Prix Italia)