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image de l'oeuvre Cénotaphes de  Thomas Garnier Thomas Garnier

De Thomas Garnier installation 2018

  • 2018 - Exhibition Panorama 20 au Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing de Tourcoing (FR)

A global phenomenon is there before you.
In the four corners of our world, buildings, districts and whole cities are growing up, built at dizzying speed. These buildings and places have no shared particularity, they do not fulfil any function and are abandoned, either eventually or at the very moment of their construction.
These buildings go directly from construction site to ruin, their reduced life expectancy earning them the names of “ghost cities,” “tofu buildings” or, quite simply, “instant ruins.”
Some time in the near future, this phenomenon gains in magnitude. The culmination of a new, increasingly fast building technique (derived from large-scale 3D printing) and the automatic standardisation of the repetitive elements in construction leads to a radical new way of considering the city, if it can still be called that. Automation and its continuous remodelling based on the principle of property speculation, the city continuously produces, assembles, disassembles and reassembles its architectural elements in gridded concrete.
Looking down from the atmosphere, we can observe that certain sections of this infinite city have started to be transformed. Deserted from the very outset, it never pretended to have the slightest utility; it simply exists, like an invasive and aesthetic filling of the world. This anti-architecture is nothing more than the promise of a function, of an occupation that never happens, the encounter of an illusion and a flow, of the manipulation of an abstract layer that covers us all.
Cénotaphes sets out to illustrate this dream of an urbanism with a mechanised installation that continuously assembles and dis-assembles sculptural elements in concrete.
This automated Sisyphus is accompanied by a video system that films the interior of the construction in real time and recomposes an infinite travelling shot within the entrails of this chimerical city.

Remerciements Thanks

Alain Fleischer, Éric Prigent, François Bonenfant, Julien Maire, Barbara Merlier, Luc-Jérôme Bailleul, Madeleine Van Doren, Daniel Dobbels, Nicolas Guichard, Stanislav Mercier Kurakin, Zeng Ye et le pôle Installations du Fresnoy.

Images de l'oeuvre
  • Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing

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