Enter the circle - Adel Abdessemed
Enter the circle - Adel Abdessemed
Enter the circle - Adel Abdessemed
Enter the circle - Adel Abdessemed
Enter the circle - Adel Abdessemed
Enter the circle - Adel Abdessemed
Enter the circle - Adel Abdessemed
Enter the circle - Adel Abdessemed

Enter the circle

Adel Abdessemed

Dangling beneath a helicopter—as in Nedjma of the same year and Helikoptère in 2007—Abdessemed here draws a circle with black oil pastel on a piece of pale wood set on the ground. A perfect circle drawn freehand was the feat by which Giotto reportedly made himself known to the pope, and subsequently represents the perfection of any artistic act. In this video piece the artist’s entire body dangles free, jostled by the movement of the helicopter. Despite the pilot’s best efforts, Abdessemed must constantly correct his position in order to control the shape of his drawing. The artist’s acrobatics eloquently convey his struggle to complete the drawing, just as they show how the energy expended by the aircraft and the pilot merges with the movements of the artist, who is driven by a force that surpasses him, yet with which he must constantly deal. GC

2009 / Vidéo sur moniteur, 20 sec. (en boucle), couleur, son ; pastel noir à l'huile sur 12 panneaux de bois formant 3 cercles
Dimensions variables (aspect ratio 16:9)

• Parasol unit foundation, London 2010