Expodrome

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Cie.
February 13 – May 6, 2007

Exhibition entrance

 

Solarium, 2007
with Nicolas Ghesquière

Camera Lucida Productions

Film, format 2.35, 9 min.

Chairs, wood & lycra

Entering Expodrome, Solarium makes up the first ‘situation’. The visitors immediately immerse into a theatrical green loungescape environment, climbing up the Dufy stairs and facing a scenographic projection of dazzling abstract light and solar spectrum onto a huge screen.

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Solarium, 2007 
with Nicolas Ghesquière

Camera Lucida Productions

Film, format 2.35, 9 min.

Chairs, wood & lycra

Entering ExpodromeSolarium makes up the first ‘situation’. The visitors immediately immerse into a theatrical green loungescape environment, climbing up the Dufy stairs and facing a scenographic projection of dazzling abstract light and solar spectrum onto a huge screen.

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Solarium, 2007 
with Nicolas Ghesquière

Camera Lucida Productions

Film, format 2.35, 9 min.

Chairs, wood & lycra

Entering ExpodromeSolarium makes up the first ‘situation’. The visitors immediately immerse into a theatrical green loungescape environment, climbing up the Dufy stairs and facing a scenographic projection of dazzling abstract light and solar spectrum onto a huge screen.

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Panorama, 2007
with Benoît Lalloz and Martial Galfione
200 LED programmed: cold white, warm white, amber, blue, red & green
on 16 aluminium plates anodized in night blue

In the curved area of ARC, one is met by Panorama, realized together with Benoît Lalloz and Martial Galfione. A large curved screen, a contemporary version of the 19th century panorama, presents a luminously nocturnal vision of great metropolises like Dakar, Paris, Moscow, Teheran, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yokohama, Los Angeles, Mexico, Rio de Janeiro. The composition reveals a subjective cartography, and the lights are caught by the opposite wall that is painted in glossy grey.

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Panorama, 2007 
with Benoît Lalloz and Martial Galfione 
200 LED programmed: cold white, warm white, amber, blue, red & green 
on 16 aluminium plates anodized in night blue

In the curved area of ARC, one is met by Panorama, realized together with Benoît Lalloz and Martial Galfione. A large curved screen, a contemporary version of the 19th century panorama, presents a luminously nocturnal vision of great metropolises like Dakar, Paris, Moscow, Teheran, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yokohama, Los Angeles, Mexico, Rio de Janeiro. The composition reveals a subjective cartography, and the lights are caught by the opposite wall that is painted in glossy grey.

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Panorama, 2007 
with Benoît Lalloz and Martial Galfione 
200 LED programmed: cold white, warm white, amber, blue, red & green 
on 16 aluminium plates anodized in night blue

In the curved area of ARC, one is met by Panorama, realized together with Benoît Lalloz and Martial Galfione. A large curved screen, a contemporary version of the 19th century panorama, presents a luminously nocturnal vision of great metropolises like Dakar, Paris, Moscow, Teheran, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Yokohama, Los Angeles, Mexico, Rio de Janeiro. The composition reveals a subjective cartography, and the lights are caught by the opposite wall that is painted in glossy grey.

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Exhibition view

Expodrome, 2007

ARC, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Tapis de Lecture, 2000–07 
Blue carpet, 500 books

Tapis de Lecture (reading carpet), presented in the ‘Carré Zen’, consists of piles of paperback fiction books (all selected by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster) on a blue carpet inviting people to flip through the source material of her fictions. The carpet fills half of the space, which is also the waiting area for a tour to Cosmodrome.

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Tapis de Lecture, 2000–07
Blue carpet, 500 books

Tapis de Lecture (reading carpet), presented in the ‘Carré Zen’, consists of piles of paperback fiction books (all selected by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster) on a blue carpet inviting people to flip through the source material of her fictions. The carpet fills half of the space, which is also the waiting area for a tour to Cosmodrome.

 

Entrance to

Cosmodrome, 2001
Music by Jay-Jay Johanson
Sound & light installation (4 speakers, power cables, 2 power racks, power block, Iris print, cuts, hooks, consoles, shelves, soundcard and DMX cable, remote control, transformators, braces, gelatine, lights, cold light lamps, red lamps, bluelight, ARIC pipes)
Duration 09:00 min (looped)

Accompanied by a guide, visitors can reach Cosmodrome by an exterior walkway. This outdoor itinerary enables a projection of the artwork out of the museum, as a “satellite show”. The room is dark and the floor covered by sand. It can only be visited by a small group of people at a time, ensuring each visitor an individual experience. 

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Cosmodrome, 2001
Music by Jay-Jay Johanson
Sound & light installation (4 speakers, power cables, 2 power racks, power block, Iris print, cuts, hooks, consoles, shelves, soundcard and DMX cable, remote control, transformators, braces, gelatine, lights, cold light lamps, red lamps, bluelight, ARIC pipes)
Duration 09:00 min (looped)

Accompanied by a guide, visitors can reach Cosmodrome by an exterior walkway. This outdoor itinerary enables a projection of the artwork out of the museum, as a “satellite show”. The room is dark and the floor covered by sand. It can only be visited by a small group of people at a time, ensuring each visitor an individual experience. 

 

Photo © Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris

Expodrome

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Cie.
ARC, Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris
February 13 – May 6, 2007
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Curated by Angeline Scherf with Emilie Renard

 

This is ARC‘s first major solo exhibition of the work of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. In preference to the more conventional retrospective mode, the artist has opted for presenting an ensemble of works created in collaboration with an „exhibition team“ – her version of a film crew. Embodying the notions of „shared space“ and „playground“, the exhibition puts the viewer at the heart of the set. Since the early 1990s Gonzalez-Foerster has been pursuing a thoroughly independent line, never hesitating to move beyond the art field, push back its frontiers and explore its relationship with such other domains as cinema, architecture, fashion, music and literature. She has built her oeuvre around „space“, beginning with the intimacy of Chambres and working through films and environments to her extreme urban situations and landscapes. In ARC‘s modernist architectural setting, Expodrome brings together a number of „space-times“ that trigger singular experiences: Solarium, La Fée Electricité, La Jetée, Promenade, Panorama, Cosmodrome and Cinéma. These environments – visual, sound-based, physical – make up an exploratory journey „on the edge of the exhibition“. For Gonzalez-Foerster, the exhibition is the medium: designing potential spaces and exploring limitations are ways of producing situations a little like staged scenes with which viewers can engage as they move through the exhibition.

 

The written and visual collaborations making up the catalogue played a large part in the genesis of Expodrome. With contributions by Jean-Max Colard, Francesca Grassi, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Nicolas Ghesquière, Lisette Lagnado, Ange Leccia, Philippe Rahm and Angeline Scherf, the catalogue consists of ten journals, one for each contributor, with lots of illustrations. It has been based on the concept of the exhibition, as it is made up of independent entities, and presents specific perspectives on the work of the artist through the light of literature, fashion and architecture.

 

Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster has already shown several times at ARC, with Numéro Bleu (1991), L’hiver de l’amour (1994), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno (1998) and Voilà (2000). 

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