Alice Jarry


Dust Agitator

My digital installation practice is based on a reflection on the role and impact of materiality. Emerging from a responsive attitude towards the interaction of the processes underlying material production, the series of interventions, ‘Dust Agitator’, draws into the artistic field ‘tired’ residual matter that has come to the end of its useful life: a fine dust produced by the recycling of glass.

Contrary to an inert material, the dust has mobilised a continuum of material, geological, human and technological relationships ranging from the extraction of sand for the creation of new glass to its transformation in factories and the end of its recyclable life. I thus explore the potentialities produced by this residue as it merges with a new constellation of heterogeneous elements.

In a state between suspension and sedimentation, this residual dust – which interacts with time, light, colour, gravity and the air currents that move it around – has an ambivalent capacity to dissolve the frontier between the material and the visible. Engaged in constant processes of accumulation, whirling, erosion and wearing down, the piece of work ‘Dust Agitator’ moves within these differential intensities that question the fixity and permeability of the frontiers between the work and its immediate environment: the work agitates, propels, filters and produces material, sound and light modulations that, over time, modify clearly defined elements into zones of interference with imprecise limits.


Alice Jarry creates installations integrating processes and materials whose interaction is at once dynamic, accidental and ephemeral. The artist has recently exhibited her work at the Biennale Nemo (Paris), the Museo nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ (Milan), the Device_Art Triennial (Zagreb), the Invisible Dog Art Center (New York) and at the Manège de Sury (Mons 2015). She is member of the PERTE DE SIGNAL Collective and teaches Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University.

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