Discursive Mechanics – Fred Penelle & Yannick Jacquet

Spearheaded by Beliris, which wanted to take art and light to the pedestrian, the City of Brussels has developed a new project, Discursive Mechanics, to be inaugurated during Winter Wonders.

The piece, which was first planned in 2011, has been developed by the Brussels-based engraver Fred Penelle and the Franco-Swiss video artist Yannick Jacquet, an adopted Belgian. Discursive Mechanics has a dual dimension.

In the daytime, the fresco is clearly inspired by traditional engraving techniques. At night, the facade at 21 Boulevard Anspach takes on another dimension thanks to the animations projected onto the building. This two-man collaboration provides a resolutely contemporary  composition at the frontier of urban and digital arts or between the Gutenberg and big data era. All with diverse and varied references to medieval iconography, animation, pop culture and videogaming.

Discursive Mechanics, which is beautifully incorporated into its environment and urban space, is a call for introspection and reflection.

Details: façade at 21 Boulevard Anspach, 1000 Brussels. From 03/12. Fresco visible 24/7. Projections from 17:30 to 22:00. Daily.

Credits: Fred Penelle and Yannick Jacquet (artists) – Nicolas Boritch (production).