Ekpyrosis • 2021
CGI Video Installation + Sculptures
Ekpyrosis is Léa Porré’s Royal College of Art graduation project and a new iteration of her world-building practice.
Through her composition of computer-generated sets, she stages reenactments of historical events and rituals that may or may not have happened.
In her fictional tales, she utilises her cyclical vision of History to offer a critical re-reading of French Monarchy, where her impossible and transhistorical encounters collapse human and deep time into one.
Porré’s Ekpyrosis stems from the eponymous ancient belief of a periodic annihilation by fire, needed to cleanse and regenerate the universe.
Set in this cyclical timeline, the video unfolds across one sun’s course and narrates a dying-and-rising pattern of the Sun King — Louis XIVth — and the impending eruption of an unknown volcano located under the Palace of Versailles.
As in most of Porré’s recent practice, Ekpyrosis urges us to reconnect with cyclical time, here, by exploring the utopian potential of catastrophic sublime.
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