Les Barricades Mystérieuses – Parade (2017)
Augmented Reality for mobile devices on the streets of Paris.
Work in progress.
The city is compact, walkable, full of associations.
Les Barricades Mysterieuses / Parade imagines a fraction of these, suggesting different locations have veiled presences, waiting to announce themselves, hoping we’ll accompany them, or take them with us
Characters lead us across squares, around corners, between sound-worlds, towards moments of action, intriguing spectacle, reflection.
Conceived for Parisians, visitors and virtual explorers, the work offers anthems of place, space and ideas, for audiences on the ground at locations themselves, and anywhere online.
Les Barricades Mystérieuses (the mysterious barricades) is a title borrowed from François Couperin’s work for Harpsichord (1717)
Parade is borrowed from the ballet by Massine, Satie and Cocteau, for Ballets Russes at Théâtre du Châtelet, designed by Picasso (1917)
(Illustration imagines Jules Verne, Sona Jobarteh, George Gershwin, dancer wearing costume from Parade.)
Video studies for this project have been revisited for a film – Kleine Wanderung (12 mins, 2021) Link