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Muses d'Orsay

Muses d’Orsay is my response to a commission from the Musée d’Orsay asking me to photograph the museum’s employees in their place of work. With the Musée d’Orsay housing the national collection of 19th century works, I suggested that each employee take his or her own photograph with a rubber bulb snap like in the old days. Each person had ten takes, in other words a roll of film. It was up to each to choose when and how they would be photographed. So they became artists for the time it took them to photograph themselves and thus assume responsibility for their own image.

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Nicolas Fichet computer specialist and control engineer with the museum since 1999. Favorite work of art: Les Raboteurs de parquet by Gustave Caillebotte : « The museum has a centralized technology control system that enables us to pilot all electronic installations, including the air-conditioning system, by processing machines located in the museum’s basement. It’s like a small factory. The processor, which I program, commands the lighting in the museum, for example. The lights are set to go on automatically when the natural light fades. Thirty thousand bits of information are constantly being recorded thanks to the sensors installed in the galleries, things like the temperature or the humidity level. All of this information converges on the processor which I pilot. In this way I can ensure the right conditions of temperature and humidity required for conserving the art works. »