Artist-in-residence to explore scale and distance through film
French artist Caroline Corbasson has joined the Laboratory for the History of Science and Technology (LHST), led by Jérôme Baudry, for a residency as part of the College of Humanities (CDH) Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program. She will study the scientific concepts of scale and distance through a short film depicting human relationships.
Originally from Saint-Etienne, France, Caroline Corbasson lives and works in Paris. Her artistic work notably explores the “rupture” between the public’s perception of the universe – and our place in it – and the perception of scientists, who have increasingly sophisticated instruments at their disposal. Through different media, including drawings, sculptures, and film, she endeavors to connect the infinitely large and the infinitely small, made visible with the tools of science.
The power of scientific instruments will play a key role in Corbasson’s work during her LHST residency: she plans to produce a short film inspired by the UNIL-EPFL Collection of Scientific Instruments, the architectural richness and diversity of settings on the EPFL campus, and the student community – all of which made deep impressions during her first visit to the school.
“I was struck not so much by the objects themselves, as by what they represent: the overpowering will of humans to observe and understand the world around them,” Corbasson says of the instrument collection.
“Starting with the word ‘physics’, I would like to focus my film on the relationship between two or more young engineers and scientists: on duality, love, tension, harmony, meeting, and separation. I would like to question the relationship of one body to another in different scenarios, such as a meeting, an argument, a fight, or a race; and to play with the notion of scale, which is specific to my research, to explore the distance with which one attends all these events.”
She plans to use different EPFL buildings as the backdrop for the film, and to include scientific instruments in the scenes to “underline the singularity of EPFL students and the link that they have with science.” The film will be presented at the EPFL Pavilions in spring, 2022.