File


2013

Philippe Safire’s File stands as one of his most conceptual and minimalist art installations. An animation—composed of numerous small squares—projects onto a sculpted piece representing the file icon in digital software. Bright typography shines for several seconds on the pre-existing grid. The characters slowly dissolve before a new cycle begins. The piece creates random sentences by juxtaposing one character after another, comparable to the automatic writing experiments of the Surrealists. As a mode of literary creation, this Surrealist technique was meant to emancipate the form from the narrowness of thought governed by reason.

File
2013
Animation, video projection, plexiglass
20 x 27 x 1/8 in (50.8 x 68.6 x 0.3 cm)