Invited by French artist Thomas Mailaender for a residency at the Tuba Club in the Calanques National Park, south of Marseille, in 2021 Julien Berthier took an old boat and covered it with a fictitious rock slab inspired by the bay’s rocks, using the same type of resin as the boat’s hull. Once put in water, the work became virtually invisible and gave the installation its title.
Continuing his reflections on the landscape, Berthier’s book The Invisible Journey places the fake floating rock in a series of postcards, at once conspicuous and completely camouflaged. Berthier manually cut out each photograph of the boat, then pasted them directly onto the postcards. The rock-boat thus embarks on a tour of various places and eras, accompanying the travel stories of strangers.