Name Amon First

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

We use cookies to enable this website to function, to make it more user friendly and to offer you products and services tailored to your interests. Please note that by using this site you are agreeing to the use of cookies.For further information about cookies and how to manage them, click here.