Gilles Barbier

  • Gilles Barbier

  • Gilles Barbier- Hors les Murs

    The Misthrown Dice, 2017

    Thermo-coated aluminium, metal, rock
    200 x 200 x 200 cm
    Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris

    Gilles Barbier was born in 1965 in Vanuatu. He lives and works in Marseille.
    At the Solvay Conference of 1927, two prominent physicists clashed in a famous exchange: Albert Einstein: God does not play dice! Niels Bohr: Einstein, Stop telling God what to do! Behind this difference of opinion lay two irreconcilable ideas. Einstein was a determinist who left nothing to chance, while Bohr, as a proponent of the recent quantum theory, defended a world vision based on probability. From the outset, the “quantum mind hypothesis” has inspired Gilles Barbier’s multiple scenarios. The randomness and unpredictability of his artistic choices are also key elements of his visual language. In one simple scene, Misthrown Dice creates a synthesis between the possibility of taking a gamble and that of using a technicality to avoid a random result. In other words, the dice is “broken” and the potential six choices are left in indefinite limbo.

    Courtesy Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris.
    Photo: Marc Domage
  • OUTDOOR PROJECTS 2017

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