star of Aï
At the twilight, a luminous dot shines in the horizon.
It shines above the lake of Geneva, marking its presence in the nocturne
landscape, affirming an existence on a line of uncertain mountain tops
and sometimes mixing itself with the stars. It is visible miles around.
Once the night has fallen, the mountain top melts into the darkness of
the sky. The perception of the tops gets blurry. The eye cannot perceive
depth anymore and loses its precision. In the infinite blackness, colours
disappear. The summit of the Berneuse floats in the sky. It is specifically
identifiable by the speck of light on its top. The nature of this speck
is difficult to identify, it could just be a star among others.
The lake of Geneva, surrounded by mountain tops is one of the most beautiful
panoramas which exists. Each peak has its place and is distinct from the
rest. Visible form afar, the summits question us, becoming our familiar
landmarks. As one walks around, one discovers of panoramic maps their
names, their altitudes, a piece of their identities. Berneuse, 2048 meters!
After a curve, one sees a hidden aspect and one conceives changing appearances.
At the summit of the Berneuse, the landscape grows almost theatrically.
The vision flies beyond borders. Here is Italy and the Grand Paradis,
closer nearby is France and Thonon, Evian and the Mont Blanc, on the other
side the Jura and towns by the lakeside which are more familiar to us:
Vevey, Lausanne and even Nyon are part of the landscape. From this point
of view, one observes a region a bit lower down, a living crowd and one
feels the eyes raising towards us, observing us. From this double movement,
watcher and person watched, grows the consciousness of the place. The
panorama becomes a landscape.
The «étoile d’Aï» is an artistic expression
of light at the summit of the Berneuse. By this gesture, light transforms
the landscape, becoming an interactif element, inviting the spectator
to become an actor. Dialling a given number on a telephone changes the
colours in real time. Everyone can thus influence at their will the colours
of this point of light.
This light wavers, changes colour, questions, blinks, changes yet again.
It is an element of a game. Green, red, blue, orange, it changes at will.
The technique serves the game. Via mobile or ordinary telephone, every
person intervening changes for a given moment the landscape seen by all.
The point of light breaths, pulsates, lives at the rhythm of the phone
A computer set up in the Kuklos restaurant at the summit
of the Berneuse plays the role of call centre. It takes all calls and
controls the sequences. Linked to the Rnis network, it vocally informs
each user of the rules of the game; it identifies the chosen colours and
transmits them to the light generators. The four generators are set up
around the edifice and project the same colour onto the faces seen by
Phone : 00 41 (0)24 494 11 11