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Bliss (La Colline verdoyante)

2013
Lenticular print, light box, 50 x 40 cm
Taken in Napa Valley by Charles O'Rear in 1995, the photography used as Windows XP's default wallpaper is considered as the world's most seen image.
Since its release in 2001, it has spawned an incredible number of variations and parodies : appropriation by Linux fans, photographs of the location where (sometimes supposedly) the original picture was taken by various artists, paintings, collages, etc. It is virtually impossible to find the original image online, buried among an astronomical amount of versions .
The Bliss project is a lenticular printing which mixes a dozen of these images together. Each is representative of its history and of the different types of possible variation. These landscapes, from Minecraft to Charles O'Rear posing for Nick Stern (whose reflection is seen in the context of the photo), are precisely positioned to achieve a maximum of possible concordances. By a sort of "physical glitch", viewers never can't really discern all these merged images that reveal the archetype of the photography: according to the movement and viewing angle, they constantly appear and elude our gaze.
Events >
2014Cultures numériques, talk, Conservatoire de Chalon-sur-Saône, FR
Associated works >
Le Tour du monde en instantané
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