viv.jpgPhoto by Patrick Sullivan
-by Abe Ingle
L’ Effet de Serge takes place where D’ Apris Nature leaves off, with a cosmonaut exploring a curious living room. The room the visitor illuminates is a sad, unfurnished and unfinished terrarium, where Serge eats Hot Lips Pizza and watches a DVD on a ping pong table, enclosed by bare walls and encased under fluorescent light. This net-less ping pong table also serves as Serge’s workbench, where he tinkers with “effects,” remote control cars, sparkles and rave lasers.


These lonely, week-long nights of tinkering result in a weekly Sunday performance, where Serge performs his minute long, marvelously simple, Michel Gondry-esque effects synchronized to music. The real performance, of course, happens between Serge and his guests.
Philippe Quesne’s Vivarium Studio tenderly and with pity portray the absurd social conventions of loneliness. Serge and his guests float awkwardly in the limbo of his habitat, ceaselessly pending the taking of a coat, the offering of a drink, or the hasty exit after eating. Serge’s audience grasp, when the performances are finished, not to express themselves, but for an appropriate remark to Serge’s blank expression. Blank because that’s all there is, and that is whatever you make of it, and that is everything.
-by Abe Ingle