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Installation. 2017 (Work in progress) Hundred of bricks, Recordings of falling tree sounds, Variable dimensions according to the space
Pieces of columns grow little by little in space and arrange themselves as a grid, forming a large pile of stilts. Recordings of falling tree sounds from loudspeakers hidden in some bricks flood the room.
The rationalization of the landscape is interpreted as man’s break, detachment from nature. Here, nature is taken as an object without topographical or symbolic connotations, out of the sensible range. This work is a methodical discourse where the landscape submits itself to a geometrical schema: the point which becomes line, then the surface which becomes volume. The installation explores a scientific measurement of space, constitutive of the architecture as a tool for designing and representing the world.
Here, the columns represent the pillars of our habitat as well as the supports of our thought. Foundations that are halfway between the site and the ruin, an ambivalence that is reinforced in this work by the presence of sound. They are echoes that appear and disappear continually and give a glimpse of an abandoned urban landscape, desert, almost spooky. The work in this sense becomes a space to meditate on our human condition. Immersed in these islets of bricks, we enter a labyrinth that reminds us of the frustrations, the decadence of our world. The installation becomes almost mystical.
Indeed, the regular and orthogonal arrangement of the pillars refers us to the universe of the cemetery. The pillars become steles, memorial monoliths that evoke deforestation, the first threat for the ecosystems of our planet. In this vein, the sacred structures take us on an internal journey. These pillars would represent the structure of the trees, their backbone, but also in a way our own. Those are skeletons that send us back to life, to death, to our existence. They watch us, feel us and hear us. They are towers that remind us of our body as our primary habitat, our presence in the world . A philosophical reflection arises on the fact of inhabiting the world. «To inhabit» as Heidegger defines it: «the fundamental aspect of being», that is to say, to reach the fullness of our being.