L’Effet de Serge
Concept, Staging and Design by
Every Sunday, Serge invites a few friends over to his apartment, where he presents them a performance lasting between one and three minutes. Somewhere between amateur performance and minimalist, quasi-experimental art, these micro-performances in Serge’s apartment express a sort of poetry of everyday life, celebrating simple creativity and the quiet pleasure of a shared enthusiasm. Week after week, and with a gentle melancholy, Serge experiments with luminous laser drawings, tests the effects of a piece of contemporary music, or reveals the dreamlike power of a set of car headlights. The purple carpet in his living room, the table tennis table, the TV in the corner, a half-eaten packet of chips, and all the other little artifacts scattered around the room, present the familiar yet extraordinary landscape of a daily life that comes into being for the short, dense moments of these curiously spectacular events. L’Effet de Serge is opened to different guests each evening (Serge’s friends): it is an ordered and yet spontaneous event – a kind of photographic plate on which unexpected things are imprinted. This piece reveals all the work of Philippe Quesne and the Vivarium Studio, buoyed up by the utopia of a little community. Designed for the actor Gaëtan Vourc’h in 2007, L’Effet de Serge is reprised once a month at Nanterre-Amandiers, thus becoming part of the repertoire, presented with the same regularity as Serge’s Sunday ritual.