Charles Sandison

galerie frank elbaz | Paris

The gallery is plunged in darkness; words in motion float on the walls. The simple characters and the mostly white-on-black projection immediately evoke the computer, but at a rudimentary stage, far from the latest innovations of digital imaging; Charles Sandison is happy to forego the temptations of technological virtuosity. “Born a writer in an artist’s body,” as he says of himself, Sandison writes programs—chains of orders and choices, syntactic sequences—that generate words and bring them to life, regulating their movements and their connections, but only to a certain extent, since the systems created this way are half deterministic, half aleatory. Controlled by algorithms used in the simulations of molecular dynamics, the words appear, evolve in space, collide, self-destruct, gather, or mask themselves and then disappear, in recurrent cycles: For instance, in Peoples (all works 2003),

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