Suzanne Treister-The Spaceships of Bordeaux.
Saturday 26th May 2018
The Spaceships of Bordeaux
Inauguration of part 2, The Spaceship, June 2018, Pier Armand Lalande [Bassins à flot], Bordeaux, France.
The Spaceships of Bordeaux, the monumental triptych proposed by Suzanne Treister as part of the artistic command Garonne, is the result of a voyage, understood in terms of exploration, of the geophysical and historical melting pot of the city of Bordeaux. We will meet the resurgence of shipwrecks poured into the port of Bordeaux in August 1944, to curb the progress of the Allies; the Pharaonic flood control system of the metropolis, RAMSES; the Bordeaux philosopher and Christian anarchist Jacques Ellul, thinker of technique and alienation; the hollow earth myth of the key science fiction writer, Edward Bulwer-Lytton; the figures of anarcho-primitivism, Diogenes of Sinope and Thoreau; neoclassical architecture and the creation of Baroque memorials.
The triptych consists of three public works across the city, The Well, a library/pavilion to Ellul, a life-size Spaceship and The Observatory, an existing observatory transformed into a science fiction library. A trip that transports us into a subtle equation between past, present and future in the heart of a hallucinated triangular space. A historical exploration of the space where scientific discoveries, utopias, historical events and delirious fantasies resound.
Architect of The Spaceships of Bordeaux and curator of exhibition at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux.
For further information click on Suzanne Treister.