“Instant City” travelling exhibition, now at Collège Maximilien de Sully

The exhibition is dedicated to Instant City, flagship project of the English group Archigram. In the early 1968-1969 while the society of the spectacle announced by Guy Debord causes both rejection and fascination, the “instant city” embodies the desire for an architecture liberated from any anchor, a flying and aerial city that transforms the architectural situation.

 

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City Visits Bournemouth", 196823 × 34,5 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City Visits Bournemouth”, 196823 × 34,5 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

 

In 1963, the British architect Peter Cook founded the group Archigram with W. Chalk, D. Crompton, D. Greene, R. Herron and M. Webb. Together, they revolutionize the architectural language by introducing popular culture, advertising, science fiction and comics.


 

Practical information

“Instant City”
December 09, 2015 – January 22, 2016
Collège Maximilien de Sully
26 Route de Gien – 45600
Sully, France

 


Instant City is a device made of moving objects (airships, tents, caps) and technology (cranes, refineries, robots) that seeps temporarily a community to create an audiovisual event. The architecture disappears in favor of a moving city in time and in space. It becomes an information network, education, entertainment and facilities for a population on the move. It demonstrates an impossible representation, that of a city that has no existence in itself, which is only an incident in time and in space.

 

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City, Before IC", 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City, Before IC”, 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City, Before IC", 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City, Before IC”, 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City, Before IC", 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City, Before IC”, 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City, Before IC", 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City, Before IC”, 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City, Before IC", 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City, Before IC”, 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City, Before IC", 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City, Before IC”, 1969Encre sur calque, 32,2 × 46 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

 

This traveling exhibition in schools and academies of Orléans-Tours fits within the plan “An institution, a work”, jointly supported by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Scérén the CNDP-CRDP network and the Association of Regions of France (ARF).

 

"Instant City in a Field Long Elevation 1/200°", 1969, 56,5 × 220 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

“Instant City in a Field Long Elevation 1/200°”, 1969, 56,5 × 220 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

"Instant City in a Field Long Elevation 1/200°", 1969, 56,5 × 220 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

“Instant City in a Field Long Elevation 1/200°”, 1969, 56,5 × 220 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

"Instant City in a Field Long Elevation 1/200°", 1969, 56,5 × 220 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

“Instant City in a Field Long Elevation 1/200°”, 1969, 56,5 × 220 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Plan of Total Assembly Instant City" © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Plan of Total Assembly Instant City” © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Plan of Total Assembly Instant City" © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Plan of Total Assembly Instant City” © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City (Rupert IC 2), Airship Sequence of Effect of an English Town", 1969 © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City (Rupert IC 2), Airship Sequence of Effect of an English Town”, 1969 © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Airship 'Zeppelin' Model", vers 1969-1970 © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Airship ‘Zeppelin’ Model”, vers 1969-1970 © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook"Dirigeable Instant City M3", 1969-98 Collages © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook”Dirigeable Instant City M3″, 1969-98 Collages © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Black Air Ship, a Project by the Archigram Group, London", 1970 © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Black Air Ship, a Project by the Archigram Group, London”, 1970 © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon


 

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