Groupe Mobile

Groupe Mobile is a term Brancusi attributed to the configurations of sculptures and their bases which he continually re-arranged and photographed in his studio constituting an ongoing visual journal of his work.

It seems in Latin ‘photograph’ would be said ‘imago lucis opera expressa’; which is to say: image revealed, ‘extracted’, ‘mounted’, ‘expressed’ (like the juice of a lemon) by the action of light. And if photography belonged to a world with some residual sensitivity to myth, we should exult over the richness of the symbol:the loved body is immortalized by the mediation of a precious metal, silver (monument and luxury); to which we might add the notion that this metal. like all of the metals of Alchemy is alive.

—Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida, p. 81