Mathieu Bernard-Reymond is a French visual artist. For his series Monuments, he translated financial charts and statistics into 3d shapes, to later integrate them into photographic landscapes.
By turning these curves and sculptural shapes into massive constructions close to memorials or monumental sculptures, I intend to reach something beyond data. My purpose is to underline their fondamental link to landscape and thus, to human and natural history.
Bernard-Reymond is not alone in this artistic research aimed to the “naturalization” of financial data: you might also want to check Michael Najjar‘s photograph from the series “High Altitude”, on Socks’s “Kevin Slavin: How Algorithms Shape Our World” and “Over Time” by Jonathan Zawada, two works we already featured on this site. Also related: Bernard-Reymond “Trade” series.
Michael Najjart explains:
Such experience of virtuality is strikingly exemplified by the global economic and financial system. If the focus used to be on the exchange of goods and commodities, it is now securely on the exchange of immaterial information.
The information society has brought about a tectonic shift in out understanding of space and time. Humankind is confronted with a process of such dynamic complexity that the borderlines we seemingly identify at one moment are already sublimated in the next. In future the virtual value system could demand its proper reincarnation in the real world.
And for some yet-to-define B/W aesthetics or conceptual reasons, the image above somehow reminds us a little of Aristide Antonas‘ architectural imagery.