For (re)connecting.earth (02) - Beyond Water, Carmen Perrin created a work entitled Lignes de fuites, a cubic sculpture measuring 2,30m on each side made of wire mesh and placed on a floating wooden support on the edge of the Maison de la Pêche. The sculpture was conceived following a meeting with users of the Maison de la Pêche and the discovery of the creels that fishermen make in their workshops for the purpose of catching fish. The artist was struck by the form of these devices, closely articulating their effectiveness as traps, their apparent fragility and their extremely minimal overall form.
Carmen Perrin's work is conceived as a response to an extractivist logic that takes from the living without ever giving back. Lignes de fuites takes the form of a professional fishnet, while slightly transforming certain parts to create a device that invites fish to enter and visit the interior of this translucent metal architecture, whose sloping sides lead them towards the exit.
The challenge of this artistic experiment is to construct, in relation to a fisherman's craftsmanship, a poetic and incongruous work that invites fish to wander safely inside a space open to currents.
▶ Artwork: Lignes de fuites, 2023, Stainless steel mesh, 230 x 230 x 230 cm
▶ Venue: Maison de la Pêche and Plage des Eaux-Vives: the work is installed on a floating raft
▶ Scientific collaboration: with professional fishermen working in the laboratories of the Maison de la Pêche in Geneva