Through a dream of a dialogue with Leonardo da Vinci, SalaĻ, his disciple, model and lover, revisits his master’s works. He questions this knowledge in motion, this hunger for infinity revealed by thou- sands of pages of codex. Leonardo, by multiplying his research, allows him to see that everything is linked: anatomy, mechanics, drawings of interlacing patterns, bird flight studies, lead to the soft face of the Mona Lisa, which the master scanned, adjusting it over and over, in the search for perfection.
At these times of extreme specialisation and of the slow dispossession of our memory by big data, Leonardo da Vinci’s tribulations, disciple of experience, through the domains of understanding – techniques, sciences, arts, ... - reminds us of this infinite possibility that is knowledge.
But if everything is linked, it is up to us, through our thirst of understanding and through our imagination, to make this knowledge grow: acquired by each one with the slowness specific to the human brain, it beco- mes memory, and therefore transmission. Like a poem. How many sketches of war machines for the froth and fury of the tormented curved horses of The Battle of Anghiari?
From the parachute to the paddle-boat, from his disappearing paintings to the dreamed air plane, Leonardo leads a perpetual quest where faber and sapiens, hand and intellect, technique and art, come together.Thus the de- sire was born to draw in the sky this crystallisation of man and of knowledge in art. Leonardo wanted to paint the wind; in his wake, Plasticiens Volants reinvent the master’s fantasies by sculpting the air. Thierry Collin, artistic director