By hosting artwork produced by another artist, both the Roundhouse and the new work alludes to a relationship with openness to otherness and to the world. Three of the selected artists, Wilfrid Almendra, Thomas Teurlai and the Floating Museum collective, will create site-specific installations, in dialogue with the architectural envelope that surrounds them. Each of these works distinguish themselves by providing a support, or a frame, to welcome the works of other artists, while their structures exist as artworks themselves. Materializing the idea of a public space as a site for cultural exchange, the Floating Museum installation hosts the work of Florian Pugnaire and David Raffini. Teurlai explores the invention of forms for our bodies through a misappropriated use of technology, while Almendra uses sculpted space and matter, creating a form of circulation in which the visitors’ bodies activate the empty spaces. In conjunction with these structures, Raphaël Zarka’s modular sculptures reveal the urban practices born from modern appropriations, while Dorian Gaudin breathes movement into objects. Guillaume Leblon exploits the ambiguity of matters and forms to sketch out the beginnings of narration. Daniel G. Baird’s sculptures propose forms and displays that play on our perceptions, our knowledge and our preconceptions. Through the use of film, Bouchra Khalili examines the question of power and oppression, via contemporary voices, anchored in history. Cauleen Smith activates the architecture of The Roundhouse by calling in the spectrum of time through sunlight, while Lola Gonzàlez’s video images convoke our imaginary to examine the close bonds that tie us all together. Finally, guest architect Andrew Schachman acts on the scale of the building to create a genuine experience of the site in its permanent relationship between the works of artists and the space.
“The singularity of The Roundhouse makes it an ideal space to develop the exhibit outside of Paris,” said Jaffrès. “The structures or ‘stations’ that the artists will create will each act as an architectural intervention within the exhibition, inducting action into the exhibition space, and creating an accommodation and correspondence between the sculptures, installations or video works by the other artists in the show.”
In keeping with that same artistic focus, the Palais de Tokyo Hors les Murs exhibition program provides artists with the opportunity to engage in a strong dialogue exploring the notions of volume and space. Presented within the context of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Singing Stones will offer an exceptional opportunity to widen this focus, exploring the way the artists can incorporate some of architecture’s own processes into their practice. The program uses art to encourage a more introspective exploration of an individual’s relation to architecture and space.
As previously announced, the project will begin with a residency partnership at Mana Contemporary Chicago, allowing select international artists to produce new work in Chicago. Artists will begin the residency August 1 and will stay in Chicago through the opening weekend of EXPO CHICAGO where they will participate in public programming surrounding their work at The Roundhouse. Full schedule to be announced.
The satellite exhibition during EXPO CHICAGO is the first iteration of a new international three year-program developed by Palais de Tokyo and Institut français. The program aims to build special operations to shed light on a new generation of artists and to support their first presence in new territories. Each operation will take place in the context of major international art events, such as a biennial or fair. This new programming initiative is supported by the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.