Idle Mode – Loris Gréaud
MO.CO. Hôtel des collections, Montpellier, 2019
Taking his cue from the crumpled plan of the building, Loris Gréaud has created a unique neon suspension light that covers the ceiling of the Hôtel des collections’ bar, providing an original twist to a space dedicated to sharing and conviviality. In video game parlance, “idle mode” refers to when a player is at rest and sets aside the controller. Often the game’s developers provide a loop animation so that the character continues to “live” autonomously as it awaits further instructions. Loris Gréaud’s, “idle mode” alludes to the way the piece is activated or inactive depending on the presence of viewers. When the space is occupied (when the bar is open) the work looks like a lighting element used to illuminate the venue. When, on the other hand, the bar is empty, the work enters into motion and pulsation. The light fitting starts vibrating, morphing. We begin to hear a sound clip featuring a cut-up of William S. Burroughs’ “Electronic revolution” interpreted by Abel Ferrara. The work, and therefore the location in itself, is placed in idle mode.
© Loris Gréaud, Gréaudstudio, Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin I Paris I London, MoCo