June 7 – July 20, 2013
Opening June 7, 7 pm to 10 pm in Pantin
matali crasset, les permanents, 2013, courtesy galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Following the exhibition of the blobterre at the Centre Pompidou in 2012, Voyage to Uchronia, crasset’s fifth exhibition at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, continues her reflection on experimental environments. The project conjures up the habitat and rituals of an imaginary human community. One of these rituals involves moving into a nearby hill which contains a space devoted to thinking, remembering, and projecting into the future. It is a kind of magic mountain lit from inside, where people are invited to put their aspirations into perspective. A display system for illuminating façades, is diverted from its intended purpose in order to create a place of introspection.
Utopia is a recurrent theme in matali crasset’s work. It references her attachment to social thinkers such as Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Charles Fourrier, and Jane Addams. matali crasset’s social choices, both private (she lives in Belleville, a multi-ethnic Paris neighbourhood) and professional, have been a factor in her interest in taking on public commissions that involve re-thinking the way public spaces and buildings function. Her design for the Maison des Petits, an art centre for 0-5 year olds inside a North Paris cultural centre (CENTQUATRE), and her woodland houses for a 5000-hectare open-air art centre, le Vent des Forêts, underline her ideal of design as a space for living together. She sees design as a space in which a certain kind of social thinking prevails and where the experience of living with it is central to design.
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