جیش النور / JAYSH ALNNUR


(Army Of Light)

Installation, 80cmX120cm, light switches, copper wire, projection, sound.

2016

Sound designed by Rayane Kara, "La Longue Nuit", 2015

                                                            There’s Only One Army, and It’s Made of Light.

 

The piece is an installation work that consists of 170 light switches, weaved into rows with copper wire within a frame. There's a negative image of a bulb diffusing light projected onto it. The piece is accompanied by a sound piece designed by Rayane Kara made of electric noise and tension. 

It is a piece made in response to the way France answered to their attacks in November 2015, by starting a war with Syria. My process is what I call Poetics vs Politics, as I try and fight obscurantism through light - light in what transcends us and moves through us, what pre-existed us as human beings - it is a call to be re-inspired by its force. The light switches also represents the idea of the gesture and the decision of either switching the light on or off. Their weaving represents this social knit, where we're standing one around the other in order to exist, as a cohesive society. 

The negative image firstly represents that state of semi-revealed truth, a negative is not yet completely developed, still we can figure how the image will look. And here it gives us this black, nuanced light that propagates, but the image is still, which gives this sense of tension, inertia and uncertainty in the current state of things, we have the feeling that something is about to explode but it's still standing, even in a precarious way. We're uncertain of what will take over, the light or the darkness, or if they simply both need one another to exist. 

The piece aims at recreating this feeling of unease, tension and uncertainty but at the same time tries to reach light within the audience.