Fr | En


Arcana 1 is the first volume in a series of books designed to mount  an archive of the present through a collection of emblematic documents of the twenty-first century, culled from the media, advertising, and the Internet. Arcana 1 gathers images of luxury watches cut out from magazines, with no typographical mention so to reveal the peculiar aura of these objects.

Arcana 1
Virgil Vernier

Co-published with Préféré

Published with the support of Kazak Productions

Published in March 2016
Printed in Belgium
400 copies
21 × 29,7 cm, 8.3 × 11.7 in, 136 pages
ISBN: 978-2-918685-06-7
Price: €30 + shipping costs

Editors: Raphaele Godin, Manon Lutanie
Editorial assistant: Anne Vimeux
Design: Manon Lutanie and Virgil Vernier

Possession immédiate


Virgil Vernier is a French actor and director born in 1976. In 2001, he directed his first film, Karine. His short and medium-length films have been shown at numerous international festivals, including Directors’ Fortnight (Cannes), ACID (Cannes), FID Marseille, Locarno, IndieLisboa, Cinéma du réel (Paris), and Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal). His film Pandore received the CNC Quality Award in 2011 and was shortlisted for the 2012 Césars for Best Short Film. His short film Sapphire Crystal (2019) won the grand prize at the Côté Court Festival and competed for the 2021 Césars for Best Short Film. After making four feature-length documentaries, Vernier directed his first feature-length fiction film, Mercuriales (Kazak Productions), selected at the Cannes Film Festival (ACID) in 2014. In 2018, his feature Sophia Antipolis (Kazak Productions) had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, before being selected for various international festivals, including Berlin, Hong Kong, Taipei, New York, Rotterdam, Vienna, and San Sebastián. As an actor, Vernier appeared in Justine Triet’s La Bataille de Solférino (2013), Rebecca Zlotowski’s Planetarium (2016), Pascal Bonitzer’s Tout de suite maintenant (2016) and Maïwenn’s Polisse (2011). He lives and works in Paris.