In 2015, Eric Giraudet de Boudemange travelled through Friesland in search of local stories and traditions. He learned ‘fierljeppen’, searched for plover’s eggs and learned a great deal about endangered meadow birds. For the triennial, Giraudet de Boudemange presents two video works: Friesche Lusthof and When I heard the learn’d astronomer. The scenario of Friesche Lusthof is based on a variety of sources, among which the Oera Linda (a Frisian fictive history of origin). The video connects the legendary flight of the Frya’s (Frisians) to the water, the migratory behaviour of birds, and the rationally arranged landscape. From the poetical combination of text and image a new, playful myth emerges. In this work, fierljeppen becomes a way to break through the straight, ‘mondrianesque’ lines of the agricultural efficiency. When I heard the learn’d astronomer is a contemplative experience of nature by searching for, and measuring plover’s eggs.
The projects of Eric Giraudet de Boudemange often start with a field research, following an ethnographical methodology. His tales take different shapes. He is inspired by history, folklore, biology and pop culture. In his recent works, the artist experiences folkloric rituals and hidden customs in a globalized socio-economical context, giving a poetical and critical vision to our contemporary society.
After studying at ENSB-A in Paris and Le Fresnoy near Lille, he completed his academic journey at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2014. He has recently presented his work at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, Billytown in the Hague, Centre Pompidou and Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard in Paris.