The video sculptures and installations of Samuel Rousseau indicate a search to master time and space so as to question, with humour and sympathy, the human perception of the often deleterious daily life. Even if Rousseau does not claim any “definite processes” and enjoys surprising himself, some key ideas support his non-stop creativity. As Ariadne’s clew, the necessity to survive and the recycling of scrap and abandoned material.
The new works shown for the 1st time at VOLTA are pharmaceutical blisters locking up a multitude of tiny walking characters shown on small video screens.
His installation “Jardins Nomades” (Nomadic Gardens — 2007) showing the same tiny characters running through the patterns of a carpet evoke migration or travel with a poetry and aesthetic that barely hides the sombre truth behind it: forced economic displacement.