Q&A: Antoine Bruy

27.04.14

From 2010 to 2013, I hitchhiked throughout Europe with the aim to meet men and women who made the radical choice to live away from cities, willing to abandon their lifestyle based on performance, efficiency and consumption.

Without any fixed route, driven by encounters and chance, this trip eventually became for me a similar kind of initiatory quest to those of these families. Eight of these experiments are shown here, and display various fates which I think should not only be seen at a political level, but more importantly as daily and immediate experiences.

The heterogeneity of places and situations shows us the beautiful paradox of the pursuit of a utopia through permanent empirical attempts and sometimes errors. Unstable structures, recovered materials, or multiple applications of agricultural theories allow us to see the variety of human trajectories. All of which aiming at developing strategies to gain greater energy, food, economic or social autonomy.

These are in some way spontaneous responses to the societies these men and women left behind. Therefore their land is exploited but never submitted, the time has lost his tight linearity to become a slow and deliberate pace. No more clock ticking but the ballet of days and nights, seasons and lunar cycles.

Make a prediction for a world without alcohol. Wars caused by boredom. Who would you most like to see embarrass themselves? My owner. Name a design flaw in the human body. Liver. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Henry Cartier-Bresson’s picture of a man jumping over a puddle of water. What is the worst thing about city life? To feel like a goldfish swimming in circle in its aquarium. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Australia! Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? No. What is it that interests you about photography? It’s a good excuse to take a walk by myself and be surprised by what’s going on out there. If your photographs could talk, what would most of them say? Keep looking. What Was The Last Crime You Witnessed? The planet being raped by the most powerful companies in the world without being worried. What is the most complicated meal you can think of? Le canard à la Neva. Ultimate Camera? Linhof Master Technika classic. Most Used Camera? D800 and Mamiya 6. Name one smell that triggers an abstract memory. Spring.

Describe your generation. Narcissistic. What relationship advice do you have for us? Don’t think to much about it and try taking things as they come, if it doesn’t work, just give it up. Describe A Cheap Thrill. Arm wrestling with my grand mother. Choose a song to play over a montage of everything you did today. Violin Phase by Steve Reich. Is There Something Wrong With Kids Today, And If So, What? They’re just the next generation of cyborgs but I’m not sure it’s wrong though. Pick An Historic Moment From The Last Hundred Years To Bring A Camera To. Hitler’s Birth. Which Talent Would You Most Like To Have? Play the piano. Name a quality about the opposite sex that you find unattractive. I can’t think about a quality which is inherent in the opposite sex. Come up with a tattoo for one of your parents. The face of my cat on the belly of my father. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? When they will realize they are making the same mistakes we made and others made before us.
What is your plan for the next 24 hours? make love and eat pancakes
Last words before death? I’m not gonna die.

Antoine Bruy – Scrublands