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Spectre Solaire: Preface




The three videos in the work stem from Yao Qingmei’s research on Portrait of Louis XIV (Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701) in the Louvre Museum and the display environment of this ‘official portrait’ of the king. The Latin etymology of the word ‘spectrum’ evokes an image as an apparition – drawing focus on the origins of ballet, which originally was used as a political instrument in the court of Louis XIV, as well as drawing attention to how the monarch consolidated his imperial autocratic power.

In Spectre Solaire: Preface, the scientist performed by the artist makes a serious analysis of the ‘Sun King’. The text is ‘forced’ together through words and their meanings, constructing a seemingly logical absurdity. 

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