Cave“Why is there a copy? Actually, right now, we are in a very particular moment. Fifty years ago, we would never have done this copy and in fifty years, we will probably not do this kind of copy, we will do things differently."
- Jean-hugues Manoury, Scène Scénographie et muséographie, 04-12-2015
CAVE / FLAMING TORCH was my graduation project, where I chose the replica cave Caverne du Pont d’Arc as a topic. After visiting the cave in the winter of 2016 I became fascinated with the replica cave. The enormous scale, the precision with which it was made and, above all, the created reality, where illusion plays an important role. I began to reproduce specific elements of the replica cave: a process of decomposing, analysing and creating: Reverse engineering. The outcome were three works: CAVE SECTION, FLAMING TORCH and MEMORY CAVE.
Is a three-dimensional cross section, that exposes the front and the back of the cave. The sculpture takes the viewer behind the scenes, and reveals the construction and infrastructure, parts that are normally hidden for the visitor. You can touch and smell the material gestures that are normally excluded.
A reproduction of the railing- and lighting-system of the cave. This installation shows the technologic gestures of the creation of the cave. The programmed spots are created to give you the feeling of exploration, as if the caveman is leading you with his torch through the cave. The six spots are playing out a story on a white wall.
The soundscape Memory Cave consists of two voices; the space and the narration. Space represents the architectural conditions of a cave, like drops of water, echo, moisture, deepness and the feeling of being closed off. The narration is a collection of memories, imaginations and definitions, collected from a series of interviews with visitors of the artificial cave Caverne du pont d’arc in France. The soundscape brings the visitor into an experience of an ‘imaginary’ cave. The visitor walks through the space and feels enclosed in the womb of the earth. The feeling is reminiscent of the time they visited a cave. This experience and all these stories broaden the definition of a cave, be it a natural or artificial one.