Hugo Pétigny

Born in Le Havre in 1992, Hugo Pétigny is interested in the political nature of electricity in the age of global warming, and its impact on social rhythms and artistic creation. His research also focuses on the power offered by the control of light, through screens, new technologies or public lighting, for example, and seeks to build environments that combine image, sound and light, and integrate questions about technology, social and individual change, time and the interconnection of different energies. After studying electrical engineering and photography in Le Havre, and then graduating from the University of Lille, the Beaux-arts de Tourcoing and the Fresnoy Studio National des arts contemporains, Hugo embarked on an artistic research project rooted in the continuity of 20th-century artists working with electrical energy and light, while at the same time embracing the paradigm shifts of his era: the last century saw the advent of electricity, and the 21st century will see it called into question for ecological reasons. It is this change, and the modifications it brings about in both artistic and social fields, that interests Hugo Pétigny. In his work, he likes to confront points of view to integrate a multiplicity of possible responses to the subjects he tackles, such as degrowth and growth, low-tech and high-tech, long time and instantaneity, art and craft.Hugo Pétigny’s work also questions the media he uses, in particular those of the image and their evolution parallel to that of electricity. Hugo modifies his production model to make it more responsible, and questions contemporary methods of image creation. Experience and improvisation play an important role in his work, both as a mental experience for spectators, who must make a reflexive effort to understand all the dimensions of the pieces, and as a way of allowing unforeseen events to occur. Hugo Pétigny’s pieces require us to escape from rapid cultural consumption to experience long periods of reflection and emotion.