Cédric Maridet

b. 1973, France

Cédric Maridet is an artist based in Hong Kong. He studied literature and sociolinguistics in Paris VII University, and holds a PhD in Media Arts (City University of Hong Kong). His practice includes intensive field works and research to create video, installations, photography, sound compositions and works on paper that construct narratives based on history, fiction or science.

Maridet has participated in residencies, solo and group exhibitions internationally including Tate Modern in UK, Para Site and Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong. In 2014, he was awarded the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards – Artist of the Year (Media Arts) and Gold Award in Media Arts Category at the 19th ifva. In 2005, he was awarded Prize of Excellence in the Hong Kong Art Biennial. In 2013, he was commended by Secretary of Home Affairs for making outstanding contributions to the development of arts and culture.

About Interventions
A series of photographic documentation of projection of texts, responds to the literary quotes from Last Words. Either invented or quoted from Tarde’s novel and Tennyson’s Ulysses, the texts projected in the Arctic landscape are interventions pointing at contemporary attitudes toward the anthropocene, and which also allude to larger contexts of different postures of being in the world.

About Rise, Fall
This installation is a revisiting of Admiral Fitzroy’s weather forecast invention used on Darwin’s expeditions, where the crystals represent a three dimensional model of a possible fluctuating geologic terrain to be constantly scrutinised. 

About Last Words
The series of crystallised book pages entitled Last Words form an ice archived set of material that can be interpreted as fictitious found diaries. The quotes, taken from the last sentences or epitaphs from science fiction novels from the 19th and 20th centuries, frame the journey with particular psychological postures.

About Fast Kill and Pyramida
The two landscape reductions installed on equilateral triangular tables as parts of a larger Buckmeister Fuller’s map projection are attempts to conquer a territory. Fast Kill (consists of an insecticide can and metal scrap) deploys a strategy of technological control, while Pyramida (consists of coal, glacier water and air from the Arctic) shows a mere scientific approach.

About The Last Image of Kosmos 1154
The work is a reenactment of the first close-up TV image of Mars as done by NASA scientists in 1964, who used a real-time data translator machine to convert a Mariner 4 digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper. With the contemporary context of witnessing the re-entry into space of Russian rocket Kosmos 1154 launched in January 1980, the work reenacts a similar making, yet reverses the process of revealing an image thro ugh the slow process of drawing according to the brightness values of the last image of the rocket bursting into flames on the evening of the 12 October 2014 in the sky of Svalbard.

About Parhelia
The kinetic sculptures of Parhelia are machines that simulate sun halos created by spinning ice crystals in the atmosphere. These early cinema devices, whose shapes have been inspired by metallic poles or towers in Ny-Ålesund and Pyramida, create an undefined planetarium.

About Horizontal Drift
Horizontal Drift is a long derive into the slowly changing landscape that recalls the Soviet and Russian manned drifting ice stations that have contributed extensively to exploration of the Arctic since 1936.

About Chrono-synclastic
The three-channel video takes a direct reference to Kurt Vonnegut's neologism, and explores the possibility of scrutinising past and present through microscopic images into floating ice, opening up a new spatio-temporal dimension for explorations.

Exhibition details of "FRAGMENTS OF FUTURE HISTORIES" (5.3 - 23.4.2016)

Artist Biography

Media coverage (Art Papers, November/December 2016)
Media coverage (Artomity, Summer 2016, p. 48-55)
Media coverage (Artomity, Summer 2016, p. 153-156)