In an adjacent room, two golden gongs in a darkened space trigger a sense of turbulence as the metal discs vibrate with external sounds; the sounds relate to the real-time frequency of the magnetic field of the sun captured by an antennae in the garden outside. The mystery and impenetrability of this sound-sculpture installation is suggestive of the nuns being awakened early in winter time and being called to prayer.
Also on show is a black-and-white film, 'Half Moon' (2012), which Thidet made at the Villa Montalvo in San Francisco during his Lucas Artists Residency Program. Deer, foxes and coyotes furtively come out to play and hunt on the pristine estate, their nocturnal activities contrasting with the lights-out slumber of the villa, striking a parallel between the animal and the human world. The exhibition, which is on view until 27 August, certainly merits a detour!
All images courtesy of the artist and the galleries Aline Vidal, Paris, and Laurence Bernard, Geneva.