Jean-Louis Boissier ::
La Morale Sensitive, 2001

interactive installation
80 x 70 x 60 cm
Centre pour l'image contemporaine, Genf


La Morale sensitive takes its title from a philosophical project that Rousseau never completed, concerning the process of learning and experimentation through the phenomenon of perception. In combining the traditional book format with cinematic structures, this installation should be considered as a proto-type for an interactive film that may provide a multifaceted interpretation of Rousseau's concepts on perception and learning. Forty-eight video sequences are combined with excerpts from Rousseau's existing works. The video images are taken from real-life locations of Rousseau's life, filmed with the intention that the video images will function as more than simple illustrations of the text. By moving a hand in a smooth gesture over the table, visitors can displace the images and produce an act of visual montage. Every move excites, evokes, and causes the selection and extraction of another word, a text excerpt and a new video association.

Credits ::
Director : Jean-Louis Boissier
Literary research : Liliane Terrier
Video production : Maren Köpp
Assistant director : Hajime Takeuchi
Programming : Jean-Louis Boissier and Jean-Noël Lafargue
Typography : Jean-François Rey
Assistants : Philippe Donadini, Thierry Guibert, Christine Voto
Interface development : Christian Laroche
Furniture design : Alain Cieutat, AHA
Production : Centre pour l’image contemporaine, Saint-Gervais, Geneva [Direction : André Iten. Administration :
Brigitte Chapuis]
With the participation of the Studio national des arts contemporains, Le Fresnoy and the laboratoire Esthétique
de l’interactivité, University of Paris 8
Special thanks : Éditions Gallimard, Alice Morgaine, Agnès B., Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood