Projects Foundation

Projects Foundation

Since 2008, Simon Bertrand has been copying, by hand, some of our great founding narratives, including The Epic of Gilgamesh, Odyssey and The Bible. His process enables the viewer to grasp the whole of each book in a single glance, rendering the narrative’s complete arc immediately visible. The words compressed onto the paper represent the itinerary borrowed by the artist’s hand during the transcription process; each chapter then becomes a locality, like a location on a map. The writing and the reading thus become understood in a rapport completely unrelated to duration, within a temporality and spatiality founded in the movement of the body, both the artist’s and the viewer’s, from one end of the surface to the other. Through his activities, the artist seeks to measure himself to the texts, first in rereading them and then in rewriting them integrally. The new layouts of the texts, the deletions, the shapes and voids refer to various aspects of the story he wishes to highlight. This body of works arises from a need to open a new dialogue about each of the stories selected by the artist; to transform them, but also from a need to physically traverse those stories and be traversed by them.

Retranscription of Antigone (detail)

2015 0.05 ink pen on paper and Antigone by Sophocles (French) (35.5cm x 40.6cm) Antigone defies the royal decree and performs on the corpse of

Retranscription of Antigone

2015 0.05 ink pen on paper and Antigone by Sophocles (French) (35.5cm x 40.6cm) Antigone defies the royal decree and performs on the corpse of

Retranscription of Oedipus the King (detail)

2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and Oedipus the King by Sophocles (English) (30,5cm x 26,5cm) The impossible shape of Oscar Reutersvärd here refers to

Retranscription of Oedipus the King

2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and Oedipus the King by Sophocles (English) (30,5cm x 26,5cm) The impossible shape of Oscar Reutersvärd here refers to

Retranscription of Le Banquet (detail)

2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and Le Banquet by Plato (French) (50.8cm x 33.02cm) When the time comes for Socrates to speak, he recounts a

Retranscription of Le Banquet

2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and Le Banquet by Plato (French) (50.8cm x 33.02cm) When the time comes for Socrates to speak, he recounts a

Retranscription of La Bible – Nouvelle traduction

2009- … (in progress) 0.05 ink pen on paper and La Bible – Nouvelle traduction (French) (4.8m x 1.5m) Attempt to reproduce the entire Bible

Retranscription of La Bible – Nouvelle traduction (detail)

2009- … (in progress) 0.05 ink pen on paper and La Bible – Nouvelle traduction (French) (4.8m x 1.5m) Attempt to reproduce the entire Bible

Retranscription of L’Épopée de Gilgamesh

2010-2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and L’Épopée de Gilgamesh (French) (92cm x 92cm) Gilgamesh leaves on an adventure, seeking immortality and

Retranscription of L’Épopée de Gilgamesh (detail)

2010-2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and L’Épopée de Gilgamesh (French) (92cm x 92cm) Gilgamesh leaves on an adventure, seeking immortality and

Retranscription of La Théogonie

2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and La Théogonie by Hesiod (French) (40 cm x 40 cm) The dodecahedron, by da Vinci, refers to Plato’s

Retranscription of La Théogonie (detail)

2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and La Théogonie by Hesiod (French) (40 cm x 40 cm) The dodecahedron, by da Vinci, refers to Plato’s

Retranscription of L’Énéide

2011-2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and L’Énéide by Virgile (French) (1.5m in diameter) The medallion evokes the shield of Aeneus. This object

Retranscription of L’Énéide (detail)

2011-2014 0.05 ink pen on paper and L’Énéide by Virgile (French) (1.5m in diameter) The medallion evokes the shield of Aeneus. This object

Retranscription of L’Odyssée

2008-2010 6H pencil on canvas and L’Odyssée by Homer (French) (92cm x 122cm) My hand passed over the canvas, an expanse that resembles the

Retranscription of L’Odyssée (detail)

2008-2010 6H pencil on canvas and L’Odyssée by Homer (French) (92cm x 122cm) My hand passed over the canvas, an expanse that resembles the