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Friday, March 18 – Sunday, April 3

Les éperdus

Anne-Sophie Emard

2021 / France

Chapelle de l’Oratoire, 14 Rue de l’Oratoire, Clermont-Ferrand

Opening time :
Monday to Saturday from 1 pm to 7 pm
Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm

The work:

Les éperdus is an immersive installation made of images, sound, light, wind, and fog. Anne-Sophie Emard imagined this project during a creative residency in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. On the basis of interviews with women and men (children and adults) she met there, she imagined six characters who come to life through one actress embodying a symbolic mountain family. Each of the separate stories are intertwined and respond to each other within the installation: either in the fragments of the stories themselves, or in the narrative sequence.

The mechanism, linked to the Requin weather station located in the Mont-Blanc Massif, is subject to the vagaries of the weather there. The programming of images and effects depends on the weather at this altitude. Updated every fifteen minutes, several times a day, it is a different installation that is presented to visitors, and new stories are written. This nature, whose climate is disrupted, is inextricably linked to the intimacy of our life stories. Les éperdus is a sensitive experience.

The artist:

In Anne-Sophie Emard‘s proposals, as she herself says, “we look at something other than what we see”, and if the artist often connects two images, it is not so that we “see” these two images, but so that we see another one, not a third one, another one, an image-construction, an image-thought. The journey “in itself” is a journey that lasts as long as life lasts. This journey, of course, is nourished by everything that each of us encounters “outside ourselves”. It feeds on it and is complicated by it. We have to distinguish between what is a sign and what is a meaning, between what distances us from the “in itself” and what allows us to get closer to it…”.

Arnaud Laporte, producer at France Culture, Une douce certitude

Artist website:

Artist portrait:


Anne-Sophie Emard (FRA).

In collaboration with Pierre Levchin, Jean-Éric Godard, Anne Gaydier, Caroline Donin, Raphaël Bernardeau, Ricardo Delgado, Anaïs Guimard, Laurent Savoie et Olivier Couach

Associate Curator: Emma Legrand

Immersive installation made of images, sound, light, wind and fog. Device linked to the Requin weather station located in the Mont-Blanc Massif, and subject to the vagaries of the weather up there.

The first version was produced between November 2020 and June 2021 for Pile Pont Expo as part of the cultural project entitled Archipel Art Contemporain à Saint Gervais, with the support of Paintblack Editions, the Eau Neige & Glace Foundation, imagO and As Picture / Captives. Co-production VIDEOFORMES, with the support of the SCAN Fund of the DRAC and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and the creation aid of Clermont Auvergne Métropole.


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