Claude Lévêque

Human Fly

Exhibition   Production    Biography


Le Grand Café has invited Claude Lévêque, a major artist on the contemporary French scene, to take over the LiFE. He uses a formal vocabulary essentially composed of light and sound to create a site-specific apparatus that generates tension within a host site, always creating an ambivalent experience traversed by conflicting sensations and feelings. The exhibition Human Fly is an immersive system, specifically designed for the LiFE’s monumental space, that upends the visitor’s sensory space.

The title of the exhibition refers to a song by the American rock group The Cramps. The fly’s field of vision approaches 360° and the insect can break down the movement of an immediate threat through an ability to perceive almost ten times more images per second than a human being. Its augmented vision is directly linked to the sensory paroxysms that are one aspect of the installation at the LiFE.

“I’m working in the bay of the Saint-Nazaire submarine base on a specific project. This structure, stripped of the oneiric quality at work in other projects, brings about sensory alterations and disorders through collisions of forms, lights and sound parasites circulating in the whole of the space. This agitation impregnates visitors, physically and mentally, well beyond the experience of the site itself.”

Claude Lévêque, February 2019


Born in 1953 in Nevers, Claude Lévêque lives and works in Montreuil and Pételoup, in the Nièvre. After studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bourges, he participated in 1982 at the 12th Biennale Paris and two years later, the Eric Fabre Gallery dedicated his first solo exhibition.

Since then, his work has acquired an international dimension: Stigmata, PS1, New York, 1999; Double Manège, Mito Tower Art Museum, Tokyo, 2003; Le Grand Soir, French Pavilion, Venice Biennial, 2009; Sous le plus grand chapiteau du monde, Louvre Museum, Paris, 2014 - 2016; Paris National Opera, Le Lac perdu for 3ème Scène, 2017; Life on the Line, Chapel of the Old Charity, Marseille, 2018; Midnight Lightning, Kamel Mennour Gallery, London 2018; Paris National Opera, Les Saturnales, 2018 (commissioned for Opéra Garnier and Opéra Bastille, Paris).

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Claude Lévêque is represented by kamel mennour Paris/London

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