“Le vent picotait mes joues” (The Wind Was Stinging My Cheeks), 2009
The Aica Kiosk is an abandoned newspaper stand, situated in the middle of the city at the cross-section of two boulevards and exposed to the sound and movement of heavy traffic. The proposed installation is light and does not alter the architecture, being inspired by the proportions and constraints of the existing dimensions. Like the front page of a newspaper, several levels of reading are displayed on the structure of the kiosk: headlines (fronton) and masthead (door), then sub-headings, editorial, and centre-page (interior space). From public space to a more intimate space, from a real sensation (of the wind stinging the cheeks) towards the imaginary, it is a question of attracting the gaze of the hurrying passersby and progressively leading them inside the kiosk. There, the associations between images and texts lead to a process of interiorisation. They invite the gaze to calm itself and offer a moment of silence. It is then the whole installation that functions as white noise and absorbs the ambient din.