Mr. Bean on a turntable: Pierrick Sorin sets up his ‘théâtres optiques’ at Aeroplastics Contemporary (Brussels)

Mr. Bean messing around with contemporary art. That’s what stepping into the world of Pierrick Sorin feels like. There’s always some silly aspect to what the French video artist comes up with. Sorin had a retrospective in his hometown of Nantes, this past summer, and Aeroplastics Contemporary (Brussels) is now presenting the first large-scale exhibition of the artist in Belgium: C’est mignon tout ça! (through December 31). And although some of his works are rather weird, do bring the kids, because a lot of his stuff sure is fun to watch. His théatres optiques, in which he combines moving images with real objects, have become Sorin’s trademark (with nods to George Méliès and Emile Reynaud). Based on the principle of the hologram, you see a tiny Sorin dancing around on a (real) turntable, for instance, or floating in a (real) aquarium. Sorin’s Grand aquarium aux danseuses was a commission for Anne Fontaine‘s new movie Mon pire cauchemar (with Isabelle Huppert and Benoît Poelvoorde). Sorin is currently working on videos for a new opera at La Scala (Milan): Turandot with Valery Gergiev (premiere: April 2011). You’ll find a short video collage of his work here and lots of images on the special site for the exhibition here.

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