The Physical World (in the Suburbs)

Original text by Lunettes Rouges, translation by Miss XS

Why do I so rarely take the trouble of going to the outskirts of Paris and organising a visit to one of the numerous art centres in the Ile-de France region (whereas I consider VeniseMadrid or Sarreguemines to be right next door)? I look sadly at the invitations I have received to see the exhibitions in the suburbs, that lay on my desk without any future: hopeless Parisian-ism will make my (more or less) lovable respondents explode.* But I also know how to take the RER to Noisy-le-Sec (before the 23rd of April) to go and see the exhibition Le Monde Physique. Amongst the four artists exhibiting, Rodolphe Delaunay installs modified objects and mecanisms, like the planks disseminated on the wooden parquet floor of the gallery that are hardly perceptible, and that take us back to a far-away country where this wood stems from. Another artist, Anne Tallentire, projects Londoner wanderings in a celestial map.

Julie Béna presents satellite photographs of an Indonesian port where ghosts of boats appear and rest at the bottom of the water; they are hardly distinguishable from real ships on the surface, questioning our perception through these beautiful mysterious images titled Marines.

If Estefania Penafiel Loaiza presents a series of islander cartography ( A particular idea of paradise) which are constructed entirely out of a heap of ashes from burning paper (and a video in the basement, rewinding time, shows the rebirth of this piece of paper from its ashes), her most interesting piece (as usual in her work) is invisible. In the neighbouring multimedia library, little ‘please insert’ notes on pieces of paper are disseminated within dozens of books; on them on can read quotes on travel and displacement. The letters blur over the course of the lines and become practically illegible. The readers who borrow a book from this library will sometimes discover these ‘please insert’ notes, and they are encouraged to replace them in other books, to allow them to circulate and travel. This work on displacement and latency, as always, pleased me immensely.

*Having said this, you can always attempt to find in other journals or in your favourite blogs, who else went to see this exhibition and wrote something in addition to the press release. Good luck in finding any!

En francais

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