A monumental sculpture filled with television modules. An aesthetics of power and the compulsion of beauty dependent on authority.

Les larmes d’acier

Marie-Jo Lafontaine



The video installation of 1987, though neither moving nor interactive, keeps changing and offers the viewer a comprehensive, theatrical and choreographic experience. The monumental television sculpture made of both screen images and their carriers (a few dozen TV monitors put together into one structure) is arranged into a powerful triptych. The shape of the TV monitors, which back then were as a rule convex irregular black cubes, gives the object its bulky, spatial feel. Also the documentation made by the WRO is remarkable in that the installation, originally meant to be looked at from the front, was viewed through the camera eye from all sides in one master shot filmed from an improvised camera dolly circling the object.

Les larmes d’acier