Fred Cave, Joe Cave et Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques avec la Werkplaats Typografie
Zero Player is an organic and collective post-documentary work. Based on the notion of retcons ( “retroactive continuities”), it questions the symbolic circulation that takes place between “iconomy" and economy through images, datas and texts.
Designed in 2017 by Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques and Fred Cave - then finalised by Joe Cave, Zero Player is a plug-in that modifies standardised image software. In collaboration with the residents of Werkplaats Typografie, the well-known experimental Master's programme in graphic design in Arnhem (NL), the exhibition project functions as a research environment in which participants define the visual, discursive and practical content through the Zero Player script.
Today where anything can become an icon, all is filtered through Photoshop artefacts. Zero Player is a free, open source and fully automated jailbreak that offers the possibility of collectively reappropriating representations, documents and discourses of history shaped by the later forms of capitalism.
Zero Player is an open manufacture for reshaping images. Devised around a computer script that manipulates licensed softwares, Zero Player perpetually produces new images derived from a database of documents. Imagined as a living ecosystem in the vein of John Conway's Game of Life, this plug-in injects accident into the heart of strictly programmed logic.
The project is localised: hijacking global standards and tools and diverting them from their habitual purposes. It is low-tech, open and collaborative. Zero Player short-circuits today's image-making technologies as a promise of a world remade.
With support from Netherlands embassy and Epson.
Galerie du Crous
Dedicated to emerging artists, Galerie du Crous in Paris offers young artists the opportunity to be confronted to the critical and public eye by hosting twenty individual or group exhibitions each year.