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Jessica Arseneau

The image has a poetic power.

It maintains a visual force which, to use the words of Bachelard, "opens up a future of language". It is activated by the anatomy of which it is constituted. Still image, moving image, sequential image, referential image, research image, parasitic image, subversive image, reproduced image, interrupted image. The power of image poetry is defined by its ability to override the dominant visual regime, today closely related to temporal structures. Images subordinate to these structures that respond to the subjugation of flickering luminosity, rhythmic sequencing, synchronicity and acceleration. Proliferation of non-times. Non-times that substitute the spaces left for daydreaming and heterogeneous times, leaving no interstices for the mind that drifts towards its confabulations of pure inconsistencies. The poetics of the image takes up the uncontrollable reverie. It inflicts caesura. Caesura. Making it indeterminate. The image is standstill or suspension, which becomes a counter-sequence. A counter-temporality, perhaps, where there is rupture, a non-continuity within the continuum. An interrupted temporal order.

Jessica Arseneau works primarily with video, photography, text and sound to create installations whose atmosphere alludes to a poetic space between consciousness and the unconscious. Her work entwines imaginaries of the future, mythologies and the way human subjectivity is transformed by technical progress. She is currently focusing her research on the phenomena of sleep and insomnia in a 24/7 world.

Originally from Tilley Road near Tracadie, she holds a bachelor of Fine Arts at Université de Moncton in 2011 and a master in Media Arts (German Media Art Diploma) with distinction at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB) in 2020. Her solo exhibitions include Surrounding Uncaring Skies at Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen (Moncton,2021), Dawns in the public space with Ringlokschuppen Ruhr and Urbane Künste Ruhr (Mülheim, 2021), The Screen Under My Eyelids at Helmut (Leipzig, 2020), Nothing but a Constant Glow at Spinnerei Archiv Massiv (Leipzig, 2020), and Lost Idyll at Galerie d’art Louise-and-Reuben-Cohen (Moncton, 2016). Other public presentations of her work occurred at Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton), Struts Gallery (Sackville), Darling Foundry (Montreal), Maison de la Culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal with GIV (Montreal), BronxArtSpace (New York), Agora Collective (Berlin), Traverse Vidéo (Toulouse), Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille), D21 Kunstraum (Leipzig) and a&o Kunsthalle (Leipzig).

Since 2021, she is part of the artists' collective ΔDELTA