Photos © Blaise Adilon
FLOATING WORLDS, 14th BIENNALE DE LYON
La Biennale de Lyon opens the second chapter of a trilogy around the word “modern”. For this 14th edition, Emma Lavigne welcomes fifty artists to work around Floating worlds, a theme chosen in reference to the Japanese word « ukiyô », which invites to contemplation and questions impermanence of things.
Conceived as a sensory and immersive journey, the Biennale is floating on “liquid modernity”, in the words of sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, where categories, shapes and identities disappear due to constant change, characteristic of an increasingly globalised planet.
Lafayette Anticipations provides support to Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Julien Discrit, both embarked on this archipelago.
DANIEL STEEGMANN MANGRANÉ
Born in Spain in 1977, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. From drawing to film, passing through sculpture, installation and landscape interventions, his work questions our relationship to the environment and invites the viewer to be physically involved in his projections and displacements. His pieces 16 mm (2015), an installation specially conceived for the Fondation, Phantom (2015) and Spiral Forest 2 (2015), are witness to this commitment. They are also included in the Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin Collection.
Steegmann Mangrané’s taste for sensory experiments can be found again in A Transparent Leaf Instead Of The Mouth (2016-2017), a vast vivarium that examines movement and retinal perception through the walls’ transparency and stick insects’ camouflage amongst the plants. The latter are evolving within an ecosystem made up of oak, beech, bramble and fern; life and living organism play a central role in the artist’s work.
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané draws inspiration from Alvar Aalto’s “organic modernism”, in which architecture combines shapes and functions to create spaces suited to the modern world and nature. The artwork’s base, which holds the ecosystem together, was designed by the Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette.
According to the artist, “Melding the interior and exterior of an exhibition is one of the first duties of art: the museum space can no longer be a space for the accumulation of artefacts, insulated and protected from the outside world, but must become a place where our relationship to objects and reality is reconfigured.”
Born in France in 1978, Julien Discrit lives and works in Paris. Inspired by geography and the attempted representations of the world, he focuses his work on the experience of time and space through photography, film, installation and performance.
Amongst his exhibited pieces is his film 67/76 that takes as its subject an event which forever marked the history of the city of Montreal and its residents. The project marks the interval from 1967 to 1976, a time period that corresponds to the Montreal World Expo and the fire that engulfed the geodesic dome designed for the occasion by Richard Buckminster Fuller. The film production was made possible thanks to the contribution of the Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin.
The post-utopian video deals with the problematics entailed by the Expo 67’s period, through the reconstruction of the fire while also highlighting an important part of the cultural history of the 60’s and 70’s. These issues are echoed by a voice-over that narrates scenarios of the extinction of the human species, renewable energy sources, automatization or guaranteed income for all. These words cite the Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1969), a book written by Buckminster Fuller, that powerfully resonates the issues faced by our contemporary society.
From 20 September 2017 to 7 January 2018
Tuesday to Friday, 11am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 7pm
Nocturnals until 10pm on Friday 29 Sept., 13 Oct., 17 Nov. and 15 Dec.
La Sucrière | Les Docks, 47-49 quai Rambaud, Lyon 2
Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON) | Cité Internationale, 81 quai Charles de Gaulle, Lyon 6
Le dôme | Place Antonin Poncet, Lyon 2, free
Further information: http://www.biennaledelyon.com/uk/