The Dream of Forms
14 Jun - 10 Sep 2017
Modified parabolic lamp fixture, LEDs, motion-sensitive Arduino system, metal hardware, 3d printed enclosures, polyurethane foam inserts, urethane resin, dye, amphibian props used in the film Magnolia (1999)
45 x 21 x 9 cm
14 June - 10 September 2017
Curators: Alain Fleischer, Claire Moulène
The exhibition “The Dream of Forms”, presented for the twentieth anniversary of Le Fresnoy school, has been conceived as an imaginary landscape, a monstrous garden with perishable forms growing in it, as well as germinating surfaces, protuberant organisms and flat figures.
The artists and researchers who have been brought together in “The Dream of Forms” testify to their encounter with the new possibilities of representation, derived from recent scientific and technological discoveries, which shake up our way of seeing and showing. By renewing in this way the field of the perceptible –with nanotechnologies, synthetic images, 3D scans, stereolithography etc.– these new visualisations hint at as yet unknown geometries.
Images, transcriptions, modelisations, speculative forms produced by inventors and prospective scientists, derived from mathematics, physics, biology, optics or chemistry, for example, join or inspire works resulting from grafts made between art and science, or between speculation and invention, thanks to a good twenty contemporary artists.
So as to plan ahead this exhibition, Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains – has put together a research group, associating artists of all disciplines and scientists from various fields (mathematicians, astrophysicists, biologists, chemists etc.) so as to explore this question of discovering the new properties of the visible world. Their exploratory work and exchanges are set to be prefigured in a symposium which will take place in the autumn of 2017 at Le Collège de France.
With: Francis Alÿs, Hicham Berrada & Sylvain Courrech du Pont & Simon de Dreuille, Michel Blazy, Juliette Bonneviot, Dora Budor, Damien Cadio, Julian Charrière, Sylvie Chartrand, Clément Cogitore, Hugo Deverchère, Bertrand Dezoteux, Mimosa Echard, Alain Fleischer, Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni, Bruno Gironcoli, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Patrick Jouin, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Annick Lesne & Julien Mozziconacci, Adrien Missika, Jean-Luc Moulène, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Katja Novitskova, Jonathan Pêpe & Thibaut Rostagnat & David Chavalarias, Olivier Perriquet & Jean-Paul Delahaye, Arnaud Petit, Jean-François Peyret & Alain Prochiantz, Gaëtan Robillard, Gwendal Sartre, SMITH & Antonin-Tri Hoang, Anicka Yi