Olivier Vadrot had very early sense of the collective. He is not only architect, designer, scenographer, but also exhibition curator, as many dimensions of his practice that are articulated between them since its inception. He who, in 1999, was one of the creators of the gallery La Salle de bains in Lyon, quickly founded Cocktail Designers with one of his colleagues and two graphic designers to propose realizations revisiting the concept of decor «as a place of art. ‘experimentation common to art, architecture, design and graphics’.
June 10 – September 30, 2018
Frac Franche-Comté in Besançon
2, passage des arts, 25000 Besançon
In this context, Olivier Vadrot designed one of his first collective listening devices, The Electronic Kiosk (2004), which already questioned the position of the viewer-listener and reinvented other forms of sharing. This issue has continued to feed Olivier Vadrot’s research.
His projects revisit the architecture of the past, from antiquity to Le Corbusier. They oppose them however an economy of means by privileging simple materials even vernacular, modest scales, notions of lightness, of nomadism, short times even ephemeral. Whether it is devices designed for the diffusion of works (visual or sound) or a communal bread oven, Olivier Vadrot’s proposals have the purpose of sharing and allow their users to stand together, without spatial precedence and without reports of social domination. Non-authoritarian architectures that fit into a context where the issues of decay and sustainable environment are at the heart of the collective debate. In short, mini-architectures that privilege community values by placing the human at the heart of the project.
Born in 1970, Olivier Vadrot graduated from the National School of Architecture of Lyon. Sound installations, scenographic tools or nomadic devices, his projects – such as Le Kiosque électronique (2009), Circo Minimo (2012) and Cavea (2016) – oscillate between performance, design and architecture, and question the terms of diffusion of art today.
Sensitive to participative practices, her works not only call for the user’s commitment, but also offer a dialogue with the local context in which they are written, whether natural spaces like Jean-Jacques Park Rousseau, in Ermenonville, or industrial buildings like Frac Aquitaine, in Bordeaux.
His interest in the collective and interdisciplinarity is expressed through the many collaborations that punctuate his career. He is notably the co-founder of the contemporary art center La Salle de Bains (Lyon, 1998) and the multidisciplinary collective Cocktail Designers (from 2004 to 2012). With an interest in the world of theater and music, Olivier Vadrot regularly works on electroacoustic projects in close collaboration with composer Sébastien Roux. A transversal vision that he transmitted to his students of Fine Arts in Besançon and Lyon, between 2005 and 2017.
Its autonomous and versatile projects find their place in cultural institutions of various sizes and horizons, such as the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, the Pompidou Center – Paris, the Architecture Biennial of Lyon or the Avignon Festival. Currently in artistic residency as part of Marseille Provence 2018, Olivier Vadrot works on several urban development projects and the publication of his first monographic work.