pierre vivant

Pierre Vivant is a french sculptor and artist who works in Great Britain mainly. He is active in perspective and perception-related works since the middle of the eighties.

His work is only temporary, and persists only in photographic documentation. Most of his art is situated outdoors.

He is interested in the instruments of human perception and image reproduction. His work is based on the relationship of the camera and the slide projector, and the similarities in the relationship of the human mind and the human eye.

In some earlier work Vivant projects slides of buildings and objects onto the original motive.

With these projects, much like Richard Haas, he criticises the demolition of historical buildings. He visually reduces the building before it is physically reduced to rubble. The painting of a negative, grained image of the building onto its own facade reduces and simplifies its apperance.

In his landscape works, he plays with the surface, texture, and again with perception. The night-time projection with a simple slide projector and a portable generator of simple words onto typically english landscape is used to alter the landscape. He does this by picking or cutting crop wherever the light of the word falls.

With the light of dawn, the landscape reclaims the site, showing the word correctly only from the exact point of view of the projector.

His works is said to be critical of the sites that he choses:

MADE IN ENGLAND, May 1990, Gaydon, Warwickshire, England.


The B.S.B. scare led to this artwork, with the funny cooperation of a cow which made "MAD IN ENGLAND" out of the title.


WAR - February 1991, Holton, Oxfordshire, England.


This work was done as a critical comment on "Desert Storm", the War on Iraq


PLACE - Peer's School, Oxfordshire, England.


PLACE was an installation made of rubbish collected on the unliked schoolyard. A comment on this un-place, a collection of disparate buildings without central focus.




GREEN and YELLOW, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire, May 1990.


seen from the original point of view (above)

and directly from the corner of the word (right)