one-on-one (seul à seul)
Interactive sound piece, on the web and as installation, 2002
Programming: Reynaud Orly (web)
and Oussama Mubarak (installation)
To access the online work: http://seul.dispotheque.org
one-on-one, Samuel Bianchini, 2002
Maintenance, solo show, École européenne supérieure de l’image, Poitiers, France, from May to June, 2010.
Photographs: © Samuel Bianchini - ADAGP
one-on-one is an interactive sound piece. The screen is entirely black; only the cursor is visible. Using the mouse (internet version) or touch screen (installation version), the viewer’s gestures move the cursor. These spasmodic movements produce the sounds–the scream and the thud–of a tennis player in full rally. The scream’s ambivalence is an intimation of the sublimation that invests it.
The gesture, at first without bearings, is hesitant. It doesn’t take long, however, for the viewer to find out how to produce a new cry and a new thud. The gesture is repeated, as is the cry, although it is slightly different every time. The sounds answer one another, but the exchange turns out to be singular, as the cries are always in the same voice: they issue from the same player. The viewer is playing alone. One-on-one.