Valérie Hallier - NEWS



Using autobiographical data and everyday experiences, Hallier's work is project based. The forms vary from mixed media series to immersive installations and public art. Mediums range from visualization software to flower petals, each chosen to explore the dynamics between the natural, the human and the technological realms.

Recurring themes include consumerism, gender roles, sexuality and relationships while the overarching threads guiding her practice are control and process. Control drives her obsessive processes and colors her relationship with nature, technology, and with other living creatures. -Hallier's work follows an integrative continuum that utilizes technology as tool and object, generating an exquisite tension between the humanistic and mechanistic sense of Being." Judith Escalona

Through practices and rituals like taking a picture a day (picaday), framing her whole reproductive history (Six is my magic) or visualizing “first time” stories (Défloré(e)s) – each project explores the absurdity and the poetry within the process of exhaustive study. An old human dream of complete knowledge and perfection we emulate with machines.

Recent projects like ScreamNow (a screaming booth and app) and Défloré(e)s – a series on the loss of one's freshness (from the French word déflorer) – both focus on the experience of releasing control through screaming or becoming sexually active. There is an area where both control and its release can co-exist; Hallier is interested in staging this tension as a curated chaos.

Her latest work in progress is about unmapped conceptual and sensory connections that can expand our experiences beyond the marginalizing “ocularcentrism”, the hegemony of vision as our primary sense since the advent of perspectival representation. -“vision separates us from the world whereas the other senses unite us with it.” Juhani Pallasmaa

By portraying, visualizing, serializing and exhausting, Hallier questions what it is to be human and imagines new scenarii on being.



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