Les Villes Invisibles is an artistic installation that revolves around the theme of memory. It depicts the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, which was built in the 12th century and partially destroyed by fire in 2019. For Béatrice Lartigue, the piece is a personal testimony, echoing the work Le Città Invisibili by writer Italo Calvino, published in Italy in 1972. The installation allows viewers to enter, walk around and lose themselves in a 3D rendering of the building. The French artist uses various new media across her practice – incorporating patterns of drawing, light and music – to question human perceptions surrounding history, time and space.
Image Credit: Béatrice Lartigue, Les Villes Invisibles, (2020). Single-channel video. 4 min.