Beau Travail/ Beautiful Work

An Interactive Installation

Conception & realization, music & image: Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Gesture detection & assistant: Thomas Goepfer

Original documentary & dance vidéos on gestures of work: Philippe Jamet


Premiere, Maison de la Culture de Bourges, March 4th, 2013.


Beyond their primary functions, do gestures of work have a beauty by themselves?

The visitor who enters the installation is invited to sketch the gestures of his own work in front of a strange electronic mirror.

These gestures are analyzed in real time by computer, compared, put in relations with others recorded in the mirror memory, and immediately transformed, prolongated, metamorphosed, in a attempt to reveal their potential hidden beauty.

Beauty of gesture, beautfil gesture, beautiful work?

Everyone is invited, literally to reflect about it.

Coproduction MC93 Bobigny ; Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne ; Scène nationale de Sénart ; Maison des métallos, Établissement culturel de la Ville de Paris ; Le Channel, Scène nationale de Calais ; Maison de la culture de Bourges, Scène nationale