On the occasion of the Month of contemporary architecture in Normandy, the House of Architecture of Normandy – the Forum invited the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire to design an exhibition. Under the title “Limits to infinity” the exhibition offers a reading of the twentieth century utopias around three concepts: time, limit and infinity. A triptych where dreams, sometimes nightmares, and cities never realised meet: Archigram‘s Instant City, Archizoom‘s No Stop City, Yona Friedman‘s Spatial City, Superstudio‘s Life supersurface, Dogma‘s Stop City …, many attempts to build or unbuild the world of Men.
“Limits to infinity”
March 4 – May 21, 2016
Maison de l’architecture de Normandie
48 Rue Victor Hugo, 76000
The exhibition is thought as one of the four installments that structure an overall project that the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire has opened in spring 2016 with a generic title: “The city faraway“. This project has moved into the House of Architecture of Normandy, into the Frac Languedoc Roussillon, the Frac Paca and the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
The exhibition is part of the project “The city faraway“, designed by the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire as a story in four acts taking place in different spaces and times: at the Frac PACA in Marseille, at the Frac Languedoc Roussillon in Montpellier, at the Frac Centre-Val de Loire in Orleans and here, in the House of Architecture of Normandy in Rouen, under the title of “Limits to Infinity”.
“The City is moving away,” says Jean-Luc Nancy, “it is now moving away in such a way that it will eventually cover the entire territory.” While the modernist view of the world was forged in a critical report from the near to the distant, in a continuous back and forth rapport between microcosm and macrocosm, what are the forms of “remoteness” that will survive the twenty-first century, at a time where the Anthropocene is defined as an era of proximity?
The “Limits to infinity” exhibition engages these questions through a series of utopian projects from the 1960s to today. Yona Friedman, Archigram and Charles Simonds offer models of communal existence based on desire as the main active agent of urban transformation, based on “absolute hospitality“.
Now icons of contemporary culture, today these “New Babylons” inspire research agencies like Dogma or Ian+. Through collage, drawings and installations, they produce a critique of the contemporary world, posing the “urban project” as a laboratory of relations between the personal and the collective, as a permanent space of creation and anticipation.
Three concepts – time, limits, infinite – structure this new course through the collection of the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, which is developing a unique identity on the relations between art and architecture, and where the language of visionary architects is tangled into the productions of dreamlike artists.