Who are we really? Who do we want to be? What do we tell Google, within the intimacy of our telephone, that we would rather not share with the rest of the world?

Artist Romain Tardy presents visitors of GLOW with an unsolicited self-portrait of our current network society by translating the search terms most frequently used in Google and Google News into visual and audio signals within the public space in real time; pulses that are visible and audible both inside and outside the circle.

The Great Indecision Council is a reflection for us all. An image that shows humanity as it really is, not how it wants to be seen. The work takes the shape of a mesmerizing and hypnotic large-scale light and sound installation, whereby visitors are surrounded by a circle of light, sound, words and computer-generated, mystical chants. The Great Indecision Council invites visitors into the middle of this enchanting work while being watched by spectators close-by, and maybe even far above us.

The Great Indecision Council, an installation by Romain Tardy, was originally commissioned by Into The Great Wide Open. The presentation during GLOW 2018 is offered by MU, STRP and GLOW. Sponsored by Stayinc.

STRP aims to be a critical, optimistic guide for a positive future. In this role, STRP has developed an on-going research programme with STRP Festival as its annual highlight. The Great Indecision Council is a POP-UP event during GLOW in the run up to STRP Festival which takes place from 30 March to 7 April 2019.

MU is a curious explorer in the border areas of contemporary art: from the post-digital to urban culture and further beyond – not only in our exhibition space at Strijp S, but also further afield, like now during GLOW.


An installation by Romain Tardy (France)
Music and sound design by Loran Delforge
Software programming: Hand Coded
Portrait picture courtesy Andrea Aubert

"My name is Romain Tardy. I was born in Paris on the 23rd of September, 1984. I studied art and design for 4 years, then I thought it was time to start doing something else.
Aalto / livevisuals was my alias when playing live visuals in clubs (2005-2011). My primary focus is to create tangible, offline art installations. I don’t consider my work as digital art.
I also do creative and art direction, as well as art consulting. I design still and animated things (some are big, some are small, but the screen is not the limit).
I co-founded the European visual label ANTIVJ, and I have been active as an artist in this group from 2008 until late 2013. After living in Paris for several years, I moved to Brussels, Belgium, where I currently live and work. I also love my greenhouse."

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Romain Tardy (MU+STRP)