In June 2022, at the invitation of TOPO and Basque Country partner Bitamine Faktoria, Michel Huneault completed a creation residency during which he and his colleague Johann Mazé developed a new work about life at the border of France and Spain.

The two versions of the work—on-site and online—present a succession of more than 200 one- to two-minute videos, each paired with an asynchronous soundscape. The slow and contemplative nonlinear experience offers a nuanced reflection on cross-border realities.

The title of the project, 4 Hours, comes from a migration flow-control arrangement between France and Spain: “An agreement signed between Madrid and Paris allows French authorities to expel migrants up to a maximum of four hours after their arrival in France.” 2021, InfoMigrants.

The artist’s residency in Basque Country was made possible by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, as part of the Accord de coopération Québec-Euskadi.

View the project


Video : Michel Huneault
Sound : Johann Mazé
Website : TOPO – Digital Creation Centre
Programming : Maxime-Alexandre Gosselin with the help of Moïse Kaseka