Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier (2006)

Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier is a video/sound installation, which is part of a cross media project that also includes the Internet site The 4th Floor. The work takes as a point of departure the experience of being Australians in Paris and reading George Perec’s book Life a User’s Manual. In this book Perec creates a puzzle of a novel set in a building located in the 17th arrondissement of Paris at number 11 rue Simon-Crubellier.

Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier is process-based - It is an actual search for an imaginary place -- exploring actual and imagined relations to place. In searching for rue Simon-Crubellier, the work poses the question: is it possible to bring something that does not exist into existence by searching for it?

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Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier is a video/sound installation, part of a cross media project that includes the Internet site The 4th Floor. The work takes as a point of departure the experience of being Australians in Paris and reading George Perec’s book “Life a User’s Manual”. In this book Perec creates a puzzle of a novel set in a building located at number 11 rue Simon-Crubellier. Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier explores actual and imagined relations to place.

Addressing internet and video ‘documenting’ as well as archiving processes, this work highlights how the real and imaginary are being reconfigured by the proliferation of mobile media. Miranda and Neumark draw attention to the process of searching and the social encounters that searching instigates. It poses the question: is it possible to bring something that does not exist into existence by searching for it?

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Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier is a video/sound installation, part of a cross media project that includes the Internet site The 4th Floor. The work takes as a point of departure the experience of being Australians in Paris and reading George Perec’s book “Life a User’s Manual”. In this book Perec creates a puzzle of a novel set in a building located at number 11 rue Simon-Crubellier. Searching for rue Simon-Crubellier explores actual and imagined relations to place.

Addressing internet and video ‘documenting’ as well as archiving processes, this work highlights how the real and imaginary are being reconfigured by the proliferation of mobile media. Miranda and Neumark draw attention to the process of searching and the social encounters that searching instigates. It poses the question: is it possible to bring something that does not exist into existence by searching for it?

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