The Grand Credits
of all human beings
Antoine Schmitt, 2009
Long credits slowly roll on the movie screen, from bottom to top. First name, last name. First name, last name. It is the list of the names of all human beings.
Everyone is named, and all names are displayed with the same visual importance.
This permanent technological artwork installed on internet uses all possible means to effectively list the names of all human beings. The main one being the contributions of exhibiting structures providing their members list, their visitors list, etc…
Extrapolating the warholian 15 minutes of fame in our democratic society of the spectacle, The Grand Credits gives to every one its room in the credits.
But what is the movie ? Is there a scenario ? Who wrote it ? Are things pre-programmed, or are we all still free to act ? The Grand Credits is anchored in my artistic obsession with the opposition between destiny and free will, and it ends up questioning each and everyone of us on our own identity and responsibility.
Is it the opening or the closing credits ?