The artistic process of Mathieu Zurstrassen is largely guided by the almost obsessive need to analyze the mechanisms of things, to understand its inner workings. His approach generates hybrid works that sometimes offer a new perspective on society, a satirical metaphor, sometimes caustic and certainly shifted reality. By diverting everyday objects or matters of their first use, playing on the duality between simplicity and complexity or the ephemeral and the duration, his projects always offer various degrees of interpretation punctuated with humor as well as philosophical and contemporary societal questionings.
QMD/X0.4 (Quo Modo Deum/X0.4) is an interactive installation exploring the topic of Architecture and Surveillance. Without activity in the exhibition hall, a drawing device meticulously draws the iconic floor plan of Jeremy Bentham's Panopticon prison from 1791. As the exhibition hall opens its doors to the public, a sensor collects the information resulting from the crossing of each visitor; the collected data is analysed by a microcomputer then sent to the rotating mechanism of the drawing surface. By entering the main hall, the visitor becomes an active performer, altering the original plan into a new plan or more likely an assemblage of distorted shapes. A less “Surveillance friendly” architecture emerges.