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Objets cherchés is a sculptural and tridimensional form of Augmented Writing (www.augmentedwriting.com). All Objets cherchés can be intended as conceptual sculptures made of the encounter between modified readymades and writing. The title, Objets cherchés, refers ironically to the notion of "objet trouvé": in this series of pieces, the intervention of chance upon which the notion of "objet trouvé" is based is transformed in a relatively controlled yet playful series of actions in which specifically found objects intervene. Objets cherchés questions the relations between writing, form, color, space and curved surfaces. Some of the objets cherchés can be used for videos, installations and performances, like for instance in the following piece, Help, presented as a video installation in Brussels in 2017 (other pictures of objects and descriptions following below).





Blue ink on silicone ball and 1' loop video (color, sound)














3D Coding

Asemic writing (ink) on tissue paper, plastic and metal pins on rubber ball

Variable dimensions










Copy Without Paste

Modified computer keyboard

Variable dimensions


All keys have been removed from this keyboard except the “apple” and the letter “C”. Moreover, the USB plug has been cut away. The piece includes the following text:

«This keyboard can only copy, but the act of copying is lost in the ether. The screen is absent, the cord is lost in space. The copied object is unknown, because nothing can be pasted. The ‘V’ key has been removed. Do the keys remain functions here? Empty functions, or cultural functions at most: we all know that it is about copying something. But what? Perhaps what is seen without the screen? Copying the space?»










Syntax Planet Series

Black ink and plastic pins on rubber balls

Variable dimensions


Initially created in blue for the reactivation of Alison Knowles’s House of Dust at the Darling Foundry in Montréal, Canada, Syntax Planet became a series of differently colored small “objet trouvé” – or rather “objet cherché” – sculptures. The expression “syntax planet”, hand-written on monochrome rubber balls, is echoed by a variable amount of “satellites” made of pins of the same color and inserted into the main body. The following text accompanies the piece:

«The Syntax Planet Series is an utopian model for a direct connection between language and the real. The syntactical arrangement to which the words “syntax planet” hint at, instead of being produced by language itself, is generated by the distribution of the plastic pins on the ball. The aleatory and each time different distribution of the pins on the object traces a model of syntax of the world, a silent objectal-verbal composition, just like the ball and its “satellite” pins are a model and a cartography of imaginary planets. The language is reduced to the expression “syntax planet” which at the same time gives the object its poetic, language- based nature and assigns to its other components a completely different role than if they were not accompanied by this revealing yet enigmatic inscription. The Syntax Planet Series is then a translation of language into objects and vice versa, a mode of combination and dissemination, a form of notation, and an architectural microcosm. The Syntax Planet Series is a playful attempt to create a connection between language and world in which these two instances are not anymore distinct, so that the one can directly influence the other. »













Artist's proofs of From a Dream

Asemic writing (ink) on rubber ball, metal wire

Variable dimensions












Black ink on glass marble



This object has been created for the Chrématistique exhibition on economy at CNEAI, Chatou, France, curated by Fabien Vallos and Jérémie Gaulin. The piece is a glass marble on which the words ‘échange’ (exchange) and ‘enfance’ (childhood) are written on two different sides. The marble is placed in a box.

URL of the project: www.chrematistique.fr





All pictures by Laila Dell'Anno